Two dead in shots in school – suspect had his birthday
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Shots were fired at a school near Los Angeles. The local authorities reported several injured. At least two victims died. The alleged perpetrator should also have fired on himself – and survived.
eAt least two teenagers in a school in the state of California allegedly killed and injured several more people in armed youths Thursday. The authorities said that a 16-year-old student and a 14-year-old student were hospitalized for their serious injuries. The police arrested the alleged shooter who tried to commit suicide.
After the incident at Saugus High School in the city of Santa Clarita north of Los Angeles, according to authorities, a total of six people were hospitalized, including the alleged shooter.
He should have shot himself according to previous findings in the head and have incurred serious injuries. According to media reports, his condition was "serious." Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the suspect was "in custody" and being treated in a hospital.
Further details on the subject of the perpetrator were initially unknown. Kent Wegener, Sheriff of Los Angeles County, said the suspect had turned 16 on the day of the crime. He is said to have fled and was later identified by police officers among the injured with the help of testimonies and video surveillance cameras as the alleged perpetrator.
Previously, the police had been looking for the alleged shooter. Residents in the vicinity of Saugus High School had been called to close their doors and stay in their homes. Temporarily, other schools in the area had been cordoned off as a precautionary measure.
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Police spokesman Bob Boese said the school campus was "systematically" searched – officials had discovered a weapon. Aerial photos of NBC showed students being led out of the school by police and taken to a nearby church.
In the United States, it happens again and again that in schools, shopping malls or in other public places people are killed by shots. For example, on February 14, 2018, at a high school in Parkland, Florida, a 19-year-old shot and killed 14 teenagers and three adults. The shooter was arrested. Surviving students had launched after the bloodbath a protest against gun violence and stricter gun laws in the US, which became a nationwide movement.
In El Paso, Texas, a shooter is currently being charged with murdering 22 people. If convicted, the 21-year-old person faces the death penalty. The Texan is accused of opening fire in a Walmart branch in El Paso, Texas on the Mexican border in early August, killing 22 people. Investigators treat the bloody deed as domestic terrorism. They assume that the gunman wanted to kill Mexicans in his attack. A few hours after the massacre, another gunman set up a bloodbath in Dayton, Ohio.
Efforts to tighten gun laws have been going nowhere for years – especially as US President Donald Trump's Republicans are against it. The powerful weapons lobby organization NRA is fighting every attempt to regulate firearms ownership. Trump also opposes restricting the right to possess firearms, which is enshrined in the US Constitution.