UPDATE (11/14/19, 3:11 p.m. ET)
Los Angeles area police officers responded to Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California on Thursday (November 14) following reports of shots fired at the school that left two people dead and several more injured, according to the New York Times.
The Associated Press reported that several people were injured, including two students — a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy —who died at a nearby hospital. Another 14-year-old boy, as well as a 14-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl, were also injured, the Times reports. A suspect, who was a member of the student body, is in custody and being treated at a local hospital, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva.
Multiple sheriffs departments responded to the initial reports, including the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Department. (Santa Clarita is about 33 miles northeast of the city of Los Angeles, and is the third-largest city in Los Angeles County.) MTV News has reached out to both sheriff departments for comments and updates.
Denzel Abesamis, a senior at Saugus High School, told the Los Angeles Times that he was driving to campus when he saw his classmates running out of school doors; he "made a detour to leave because I knew something bad happened." When he discovered there was an active shooter on campus, he remembered a lockdown he had participated in when he was a freshman following reports of a threat.
"I’ve always been worried [that] something like this would happen," Abesamis said. "Since then, Saugus has emphasized the importance of making sure to always be cautious of anything that may happen, like an active shooter."
More than 187,000 U.S. students have been affected by gun violence since the mass shooting in Columbine in 1999 that left 12 students and one teacher dead, according to the Washington Post.
This is a developing story. MTV News will update as we learn more information.