Anxious parents are awaiting reunification with their children near a Southern California high school where authorities say a student opened fire, killing at least one person and wounding several others.
Students from Saugus High School in the city of Santa Clarita have been gathered in a park following the shooting early Thursday.
Los Angeles County Undersheriff Tim Murakami has tweeted an apology to the parents, saying investigators need to interview the students before they can be released.
We need to interview every student at Saugus HS before they can be released to their parents. We need to conduct a thorough investigation. We apologize for the wait
— Undersheriff Tim Murakami (@LASDMurakami) November 14, 2019
Sheriff Alex Villanueva says the shooter is a student who is being treated at a hospital, but he has released no other details.
A hospital reports one female victim is dead, two males are in critical condition and another male is in good condition.
In a tweet, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital says a girl died and two boys are in critical condition, while another boy is in good condition.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva tells KNX radio the suspect in the Saugus High School shooting is in custody.
The sheriff says the suspect is a student and was one of several people taken to a hospital after the Thursday morning shooting and is alive.
Reports on the number of people injured has fluctuated.
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital tweets it received four patients. The hospital says a female and two males are in critical condition and one male is in good condition.
School district spokesman Dave Caldwell tells the station all campus lockdowns in the district have been lifted except for Saugus High.
At least seven people were injured during a shooting at a Southern California high school Thursday morning, authorities said.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said on Twitter that deputies responded to Saugus High School in the city of Santa Clarita, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
The department said a male Asian suspect in black clothing was seen at the location.
#LASD Shooting at Saugus High School , Please avoid the area. Male Asian suspect black clothing last seen at the location. Deputies on scene and still responding. Avoid the area Further information to follow.
— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) November 14, 2019
It was not immediately clear if the victims suffered gunshot wounds or other injuries, said Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman Christopher Thomas.
Saugus High School and other schools in the area were locked down.
Television images showed sheriff’s deputies swarming the school and several people being moved on gurneys.
Lines of students were escorted away from the school by armed deputies.
Local station Los Angeles CBS News shared the following footage earlier —
The Associated Press contributed to this article