Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials reported Friday afternoon that the 16-year-old teenager, who shot five students at his Santa Clarita area high school, died. The child was in the custody of the authorities and in critical condition in a hospital after attempting suicide.
Authorities reported that the minor, identified as Nathaniel Tennosuke Berho, died Friday at 3:32 p.m. local time. His mother was present at the time of his death.
Among the victims, two girls aged 14 and 15 remain hospitalized while a child under 14 was released this Thursday.RELATED
Students and parents gathered in the Central Park of Santa Clarita in a vigil after the tragedy that occurred on Thursday morning. Between cries, hugs and prayers, hundreds of people comforted each other after the moments of panic they experienced when the student suspected of the attack opened fire on several of his classmates.
The suspect was identified by the authorities as a young Asian man who just turned 16 on Thursday.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a press conference: "One of the six victims is the suspect of the shooting. After reviewing all the evidence on video" it was determined that a student was "guilty of the shooting and is currently being treated for a (bullet) wound in his head. " Authorities say he carried a semi-automatic 45-caliber pistol and used the last bullet to try to take his own life.
All schools in the William S. Hart district will be closed this Friday, November 15, for respect for the victims and their families. District counselors will be available tonight from 5 to 7 pm at the Santa Clarita Activity Center, 20880 Center Pointe Pkwy.
After thanking the first responders and law enforcement who responded to the emergency, Newsom launched a strong message via Twitter: "We simply shouldn't have to fear for the lives of our children when we leave them at school." He also asked the Senate majority leader, Republican Mitch McConnell, "How many more lives will be lost? How many more shootings will we have to endure? We need a common sense weapons reform. NOW."
Arana said that in the middle of the confusion she grabbed her friend who was in shock and took her to the infirmary where they hid until the officers arrived for them.
After several minutes of anguish, the authorities asked them to leave and, while they were doing it, tearfully describes Arana who saw one of his wounded companions, on the grass, and this caused him "a terrible fear".
"My hands were shaking, but I could call my dad. I was very scared," says one of the survivors of the shooting.
Shannon, after learning of the first death of the shooting, tells that minutes before they opened fire in her school, she tried to go to the bathroom, however, she did not leave.
"We were all normal, but suddenly they take one's life," says the student. "I thank God I didn't go (to the bathroom) because it could have been me"
In photos: Shooting in a high school in Santa Clarita leaves two dead and several injured
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