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 TrumpKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Louise Linton, wife of Mnuchin, deletes Instagram post in support of Greta Thunberg 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 HillVeronica Escobar to give Spanish-language response to Trump State of the Union address California Democrat Christy Smith launches first TV ad in bid for Katie Hill's former House seat Cenk Uygur updates on Congressional campaign, how I will call out corporate politicians in Washington 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 HarrisHarris on 2020 endorsement: 'I am not thinking about it right now' Panel: Is Kamala Harris a hypocrite for mulling a Joe Biden endorsement? The Hill's Morning Report — Dems detail case to remove Trump for abuse of power 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 McConnellSchumer: Trump's team made case for new witnesses 'even stronger' Trump, Democrats risk unintended consequences with impeachment arguments CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group 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.