He used his final bullet to shoot himself after focusing on his schoolmates Thursday — the identical day he turned 16. His motive stays a thriller.
Shortly earlier than college began for the day, the shooter walked right into a campus space referred to as the quad, took a .45-caliber pistol from his backpack and shot the individuals close to him. Then he turned the gun on himself.
Two college students, Grace Anne Muehlberger, 15, and Dominic Blackwell, 14, died at a hospital, authorities mentioned. Three different teenagers have been wounded and are anticipated to outlive.
Chloe Rogers mentioned her pal Muehlberger had a bubbly persona and knew easy methods to make her pals chortle.
“We might at all times share our foolish jokes with one another, make Vine references, and chortle endlessly. Her chortle was fun that may make you chortle more durable. She at all times had one thing type to say and knew easy methods to hype up her pals. I really like her a lot and going to highschool understanding she will not come as much as me at random instances to speak is heartbreaking.”
A seek for solutions
Investigators are digging into the suspect’s social media and background. He was recognized as Nathaniel Berhow and lived together with his mom. His father died in 2017 of pure causes.
There seems to be no connection between the shooter and the victims apart from all have been college students, the sheriff mentioned.
“There’s nothing actually that stands out (with the suspect). He wasn’t a loner. Wasn’t socially awkward. Was concerned in scholar actions. Scholar athlete,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva informed CNN’s New Day. “That is form of out of the blue, surprising just about everybody who knew him.”
The shooter didn’t chase anybody in the course of the capturing and appeared to randomly goal the individuals round him, Villanueva mentioned.
Saugus Excessive Faculty had an energetic shooter drill only a few weeks in the past, and the school and college students did precisely as they have been educated, he mentioned.
Off-duty officers rushed in to assist
An off-duty detective was dropping off his girlfriend’s son at Saugus Excessive Faculty when he noticed tons of of scholars operating from the campus Thursday morning. He pulled in and requested a scholar what was occurring.
Somebody was capturing, Detective Daniel Finn was informed.
He and one other off-duty officer discovered two of the 5 victims and the shooter nonetheless on the bottom within the quad. Finn mentioned he noticed the shooter’s gun however wasn’t conscious one of many individuals being handled was the gunman.
“My major concern then was securing the scene, treating the victims, and attempting to ensure there wasn’t a further shooter,” Finn informed reporters Friday.
Finn, a former college useful resource deputy now with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division, informed an administrator to seize medical assist baggage from the varsity workplace. A 3rd off-duty officer helped deal with the victims till medical assist arrived.
CNN’s Cheri Mossburg, Brian Ries, Jason Hanna and Joe Sutton contributed to this report.