Memorials Grow After Fatal California High School Shooting

November 18, 2019

Just a day after six victims were injured, and two died, in a school shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita Thursday, counseling has been made available for students and their families.

Two victims have died, a 14-year-old male and 16-year-old female, according to authorities in a Thursday morning press conference.

Memorials in honor of the victims and survivors are growing.

Amber is a student at the school and tells KNX today started as any normal day. 

She says she was overcome with tears when she was finally reunited with her parents. 

Amber says this whole thing doesn't feel real and says one of the emotions she feels right now is anger. 

Counselors will be on hand Friday at Grace Baptist Church (located at 22833 Copper Hill Drive) from 8:00 a.m. this morning to 4:00 p.m. this afternoon.

One of the victims is the suspect, according to authorities during a Thursday morning press conference. Authorities said there were a total of six victims who were promptly triaged and transported to local hospitals.   Among those that were transported was the suspect in grave condition, 16 years of age and a student of the school. Authorities said the suspect shot himself in the head in the quad of the high school. The shooting occurred in the quad of the high school. 

Jessica is a senior at the school and tells KNX...she was in the middle of a presentation in class.  

She says a shooting happening at her high school is surreal and she doesn't know how she and everyone else can just go back to school on Monday. 

Authorities said a search warrant was issued to the suspect's home. The suspect's birthday was today and he allegedly used a 45-caliber semiautomatic pistol.

Cheryl, a mom of one of the students at Saugus spoke with KNX as she anxiously waited to connect with her child. 

Brian Skiba's son and daughter were on campus when the shooting happened.   

Skiba says both of his kids are now safe. 

He says his son called him right after the shooting and he told his son to run.. which he did off-campus. 

Skiba says his daughter ran to the band room and locked the door and told everyone inside what was happening. 

He says the band teacher told him his daughter was a hero.  

The suspect is in custody and is being treated at a hospital, according to LASD Sheriff Alex Villaneuva who spoke to KNX 1070 Thursday morning.

All lockdowns have been lifted.