Saugus School Shooting

A sign posted in front of Central Park near Saugus High in Santa Clarita, CA Friday, November 15, 2019.  On Thursday two students were killed, several were injured and the shooter remains in critical condition after he opened fire with a .45 caliber handgun shortly after 7:30am.  The campus is closed today as law enforcement officials continue to investigate the scene.  (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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A sign posted in front of Central Park near Saugus High in Santa Clarita, CA Friday, November 15, 2019. On Thursday two students were killed, several were injured and the shooter remains in critical condition after he opened fire with a .45 caliber handgun shortly after 7:30am. The campus is closed today as law enforcement officials continue to investigate the scene. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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On November 14th, Nathaniel Berhow opened fire in Saugus High School. He shot five other students, before shooting himself in the head with a .45 caliber pistol. Police guided the High School students  to a nearby park for students to meet with their parents.

Students from Saugus High School evacuated as the 16 year old opened fire. Nathaniel shot and killed, 15 year old, Gracie Muehlberger, and 14 year old Dominic Blackwell, while injuring three other people. The hospital released the three wounded students. Nathaniel survived the gunshot wound, but died in the hospital a day later, with his mother by his side.

School administrative ordered that students do not return to school until December 2nd. Students can step foot on campus on November 20th to retrieve belongings left at the school. The school is not teaching, but is now offering counseling for any students suffering from trauma. Many of the students said that during the shooting, people in the room got up and ran, without knowing who Nathaniel was going to shoot next. Fifteen nearby schools were also evacuated, but are to open on Monday. Families affected by the attack gathered at Central Park in Santa Clarita for a vigil, and others left flowers and candles.

Police say that none of guns owned by Nathaniel’s father were not touched, so the owner of the gun is unknown. There has been no reason, or piece of evidence found to explain the shooting. Nathaniel was not found linked to any group that would influence the behavior. Nor have officials found out why the attack took place on his birthday.  Though the attack was not expected, police believe that Nathaniel planned the attack. He knew how many bullets were in the handgun, and save the last one for himself.

Police have recently found evidence for the gun used during the attack. They searched for the registration number for where Nathaniel got the gun, but found no serial number. The police do not know who assembled the “ghost gun.” The guns of Nathaniel’s dad were not touched, but when searched, police found that they were all unregistered guns. When given to the correct authorities, they said that they have recently received many ghost guns. The police suggested that Nathaniel could have made the gun, since there was a similar case back in 2013. Southern California receives many unserialized guns more often than people expect. Law enforcement officials say that many criminals that have unserialized guns get their weapons from the black market, or in some cases, from gang or mob business. The police are still concerned for the origin of the handgun carried by Nathaniel. There has been no evidence on where he got it from, so it is likely that the exchange happened under the table, but with no evidence, the police cannot claim that it is true. An expert quoted by the Los Angeles Times said that guns are as easy to assemble as furniture. As long as you have the parts, then one can put it together.

Sources:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/15/us/gallery/saugus-high-school-shooting/index.html

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-11-19/saugus-high-school-students-can-pick-up-belongings-receive-counseling-on-campus-this-week

https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Santa-Clarita-Saugus-High-School-Shooting-Victims-Hospital-565153852.html

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/santa-clarita-shooting-nathaniel-berhow-saugus-high-school-shooter-dies-of-self-inflicted-gunshot-wound-today/

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-11-21/santa-clarita-shooting-45-caliber-gun-saugus-high-attack-a-ghost-gun-sheriff-says

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