A student opened fire at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita shortly after the start of school on Thursday, November 14. The incident was reported to have taken place at approximately 7:38 a.m. The police said that one female victim died of her wounds, and at least four other individuals were injured during the shooting. One of the individuals who was injured was the shooter himself. According to Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, the suspect was described as a male that was wearing black clothing. The shooter was identified, put in custody, but is currently obtaining medical treatment at the local hospital. The shooter shot himself with his last bullet in the .45 caliber gun he brought to school.
The victims who sustained injuries in the shooting were transported to Henry Mayo Hospital in Valencia. Two of the victims were confirmed to be male and are in critical condition. A third victim was reported to be in good condition. The type of injuries has not been reported. They could either be from the shooting, or from the frenzy that ensues when a shooting event happens. They could also be a combination of both.
Two female students spoke with CNN after the incident and described hearing five shots, one initial bang then four rapid shots. During the conversation with CNN, the girls indicated that students were still in the school and they were hiding in closets sending text updates to friends who made it out of the building. The students knew immediately that the exodus was not a drill because of the time of day drills are held. Drills are held once school begins not while students are entering the school for the day.
Saugus High School has a large student population of about 2,400. So far in 2019, 6 students have been detained on charges from violent threats that were posted online. This tragedy marks the 5th shooting incident at a school in the country so far in 2019.
Murder Laws In Los Angeles
California Penal Code Section 187 PC: Murder is defined as the intentional killing of another. When someone in Los Angeles is charged with murder, the following must be proven in order to convict:
- The defendant committed an act that took the life of another party which does include a fetus.
- The defendant acted with “malice.”
- The defendant engaged in an act which resulted in the death of another party without a lawful excuse or justification.
Defendants convicted of first-degree murder are looking at 25 years to life in prison. The death penalty is appropriate when there are multiple victims, murder for money, and drive-by shootings. Second-degree murder charges come with a range of 15 years in prison to life along with court fines and restitution.
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