Published: Sat, November 16, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Southern California school shooter dies

Southern California school shooter dies

Officials say they have still not determined a motive for why a 16-year-old Southern California high school student allegedly opened fire at his school, killing two students and wounding two more before he shot himself.

The two teenagers who died in the shooting have been identified by Los Angeles County Coroner's officials as Gracie Anne Muehlberger, 15, and Dominic Blackwell, 14.

Two teenage girls remain hospitalized but are expected to be released over the weekend.

"The 14-year old-boy is the nephew of one of our security officers", Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said in an interview Friday morning with Los Angeles TV station KNBC.

"In 16 seconds he cleared a malfunction and was able to shoot five people and himself, so he seemed very familiar with firing the weapon", said Villanueva. He said no manifesto, diary or suicide note had been found.

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - A 16-year-old boy planned the attack that killed two students and wounded three others at a Southern California high school, but investigators were so far unable to find out why he brought a gun to campus and opened fire, authorities said Friday. After more than 40 interviews, police still don't know what prompted him to commit such a crime, said Captain Kent Wegener of the department's homicide unit.

All Hart District schools in Santa Clarita were closed on Friday, the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's office said on Twitter, out of respect for the victims and their families.

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"It wasn't a spur of the moment act", Villanueva said.

The shooting happened just before the start of the school day at 7:38 a.m.at Saugus High School.

"She will never get to drive a vehicle, fall in love, build a career, get married, have children and do all the other things everyone takes for granted in this short thing called life", they said.

He "was being treated for a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, when he succumbed to his injuries", officials said in a statement.

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Classmates described Berhow as quiet but sociable.

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