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.


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 John TrumpCNN's Anderson Cooper: Trump's Bubba Wallace tweet was 'racist, just plain and simple' Beats by Dre announces deal with Bubba Wallace, defends him after Trump remarks Overnight Defense: DOD reportedly eyeing Confederate flag ban | House military spending bill blocks wall funding MORE is monitoring the situation.

"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 HillGaetz tweets photo of teenage adopted son after hearing battle The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The American Investment Council - Trump takes his 'ready to reopen' mantra on the road The Hill's Campaign Report: Democrat concedes in California House race 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 Devi HarrisThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump wants schools to reopen, challenged on 'harmless' COVID-19 remark Judd Gregg: The coming Biden coup Susan Rice sees stock rise in Biden VP race 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 McConnellOn The Money: Trump administration releases PPP loan data | Congress gears up for battle over expiring unemployment benefits | McConnell opens door to direct payments in next coronavirus bill Trump renews culture war, putting GOP on edge The Hill's Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Reid Wilson says political winners are governors who listened to scientists and public health experts; 12 states record new highs for seven-day case averages 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.