California high school gunman dies from self-inflicted gunshot wound

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A student reunites with her parents after a school shooting in Santa Clarita, Calif. (Courtesy: ABC News)

CALIFORNIA (ABC News) – The 16-year-old accused of shooting multiple classmates Thursday and killing two, has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Authorities have identified him as Nathaniel Berhow.

The shooting happened at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California.

Three teens who survived being shot are on the road to recovery, according to authorities.

Two of the five victims, 15-year-old Gracie Ann Muehlberger and a 14-year-old boy died in the hospital after the attack. The boy’s name has not been released.

The three other students shot were a 15-year-old girl, a 14-year-old girl, and a 14-year-old boy. They’re expected to survive.

Both girls, who know each other, were rushed to the same hospital where they are recovering. Both should be discharged in the next few days, officials said.

The injured 14-year-old boy has already been released from the hospital.

The suspect, on his 16th birthday, was in the quad around 7:30AM when he took a pistol from his backpack and unloaded the entire magazine, firing six rounds apparently at random, shooting five classmates and himself, authorities said.

The attack is described as a planned, deliberate attach, but the motive is unclear.

According to the sheriff, the gunman was skilled in using guns.

Authorities say there’s no proof the shooter acted on behalf of a group or with any co-conspirators.

A .45 caliber semiautomatic pistol was recovered from the crime scene. Several guns registered to the suspect’s father were recovered at the teen’s home, the sheriff said. Other guns found at the suspect’s home were not registered to anyone, he noted.

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(This story was originally published on November 15, 2019)

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