As classes began at a California High School on Nov. 14 , a student pulled a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun from his backpack and fired on fellow students—killing two and wounding three others.
He saved the last bullet for himself. It was his 16th birthday.
Law enforcement officials say he initially survived the self-inflicted gunshot to the head on Thursday, before succumbing to his injuries on Friday.
Two victims—Grace Anne Muehlberger, 15, and Dominic Blackwell, 14—died at a hospital.
The attack on Saugus High School has left a profound mark on local students.
High school senior Ellie Pearlman said that the incident seemed—at first—like just another lockdown. But it quickly became all-too real.
“It’s so scary now. It’s like, every day there’s another report,” she said.
Senior Ember Miller—who was barricaded in her classroom after the shooting—said people in Santa Clarita need to come together to rally for the students and for safety.
“I want to go to school and get my education, focus on my career, being with my friends for my senior year and not worry about whether or not I’m going to come home,” Miller said.
The shooter has been described by teachers and classmates as “quiet,” “smart,” and “one of those normal kids.”
Investigators say they do not yet know what could have driven him to carry out the shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, 40 miles north of Los Angeles.