Two dead, at least four others hospitalized in Southern California high school shooting

Authorities said that two people died and at least four others, including the suspect, were injured in a shooting on Thursday at a high school near Los Angeles.
 
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva confirmed during a press conference that two students, a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy have died after the shooting. 
 
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirmed to The Hill that a suspect is in custody and was transferred to a local hospital. 

Villanueva said in the press conference that six people, between 14 and 16 years old (including the suspect), were taken to local hospitals. The suspect is in grave condition, he said.

 

Schools in the William S. Hart Union High School District are no longer under lockdown, the school district announced in a tweet early Friday afternoon.

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The district confirmed in a statement that the shooting occurred before classes started.

"First and foremost — our hearts go out to the families of those affected by this terrible incident. Words are insufficient in times such as these," the statement reads.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department confirmed to The Hill earlier that several people were injured. It could not clarify if the victims were struck by gunfire, but said that several people were being transferred to local hospitals, including one via helicopter. 

Authorities also locked down neighboring elementary schools and the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station urged residents near the high school to "PLEASE LOCK DOORS and stay inside."

The White House said in a statement that President TrumpDonald TrumpPredictions of disaster for Democrats aren't guarantees of midterm failure A review of President Biden's first year on border policy  Hannity after Jan. 6 texted McEnany 'no more stolen election talk' in five-point plan for Trump MORE is monitoring the situation.

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"President Trump is monitoring the ongoing reports of a school shooting in Santa Clarita, CA. The White House encourages all those in the area to follow the advice of local law enforcement and first responders," the White House said.
 
California politicians also said they were monitoring the ongoing situation.

"My god, active shooter at my high school. 7 injured so far. Unsure if the suspect is caught yet. Praying for all... we have so many campaign interns and volunteers who go there," former Rep. Katie HillKatherine (Katie) Lauren HillKatie Hill diagnosed with COVID-19 late in pregnancy Katie Hill launches effort to protect Democratic majority in House Katie Hill says 'it would take a lot' to convince her to run again for House MORE (D) tweeted.

"Heartbroken and praying for Santa Clarita. I’m incredibly grateful to the first responders who are on the scene of this active situation. If you are near the area, please listen to law enforcement. Our children and communities are being terrorized. We can't accept this," Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTrump by the numbers: 2024 isn't simple Biden 'profoundly disappointed' after voting rights push fails in Senate Madame Tussauds unveils new Biden and Harris figures MORE (D), a White House candidate who has made gun control a focal point of her presidential campaign, added.

Fred Guttenberg, who lost his daughter in the shooting in Parkland, Fla., last year, called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden stiff arms progressives on the Postal Service Biden clarifies any Russian movement into Ukraine 'is an invasion' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks, Senate balks MORE (R-Ky.) to take up gun legislation that has stalled in the Senate.

"Dear Parents, please go home today and hug your children and tell them you love them. When you do this, imagine that this is the last time you will ever see them alive again," he tweeted. "Then demand @senatemajldr opens the Senate so that we can give your children a chance to live."

Updated at 3:15 p.m.