One dead, several others hurt in Southern California high school shooting; suspect in hospital

Authorities say one person was killed and at least five others were hurt in a shooting at Saugus High School in the Southern California city of Santa Clarita on Thursday. Police found the suspect and say he’s in the hospital.

Deputies say the suspect was described as an Asian male in black clothing. The suspect is believed to be a student at the school, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told CNN affiliate KABC.

The victims were taken to Henry Mayo Hospital, the hospital said on Twitter, with a hashtag referring to the school shooting.

“If you live in neighborhoods anywhere near Saugus High, PLEASE LOCK DOORS and stay inside,” the sheriff’s department said on Twitter. “If you see suspect, male dark clothing, in backyards, etc. CALL 911”

Emergency workers took at least three people out of the school on gurneys, and large groups of people have been walking out single-file with armed escorts, aerial footage from CNN affiliates shows.

The shooting happened about 20 minutes before the start of school, according to Hannah de Caussin, whose daughter attends Saugus.

All schools in Santa Clarita’s William S. Hart school district are locked down as a precaution, the department said.

Saugus High School has about 2,400 students, according to the district.

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