California school shooting suspect dies of his injuries, authorities say


A 15-year-old suspect wearing all black is being sought by police following a school shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California. Hospital officials said the 16-year-old suspect was in grave condition.

The suspect in Thursday's school shooting in Santa Clarita, California, that killed two victims and injured three others died on Friday, a sheriff's office homicide official confirmed to ABC News.

Officials say a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy were killed in the shooting.

Another wounded teenager was able to return home Friday morning, and two girls - both operated on for gunshot wounds - should be able to leave the hospital in a few days, say medics. A third student was treated and released.

"Our vivacious, funny, loyal, light of our lives, Cinderella, the daughter we always dreamed to have, fiercely strong and lover of all things fashionable - was our best friend, " Muehlberger's parents wrote in a statement on a GoFundMe page established on behalf of the family. Friends said while this boy could be introverted, he had a girlfriend and good social network focused on teammates on the school cross country team.

The suspect had been dropped off at school by his mother, the sheriff said. Three other teens were wounded and are expected to survive.

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The shooter did not chase anyone and appeared to randomly target the people around him, Villanueva said. He began firing, cleared the jammed weapon and kept shooting. Origin of gun Arriving at school on his 16th birthday, Berhow pulled a.45 semi-automatic pistol from his backpack in an outdoor courtyard, stood in one place and shot his victims in rapid succession before turning the gun and firing the last bullet into his head.

"We're going to have to go through and finish the investigation to account for all of the firearms and match them up with a source and the relationship with the weapon that we recovered at the scene, " he said.

A clinician and community outreach coordinator with the Barbara Sinatra Children's Center, Araceli Martinez, said it is likely people close to the Saugus High School community are still in shock. With this boy, investigators have found "nothing out of the ordinary".

Most shooters she studied were academically successful and weren't social outcasts.

What pushes most shooters is some kind of loss or disappointment, often recent, followed by the inability to cope with a feeling of being overwhelmed, said Randazzo, a former chief research psychologist at the U.S. Secret Service who is now CEO of a threat-assessments firm.

Berhow's father was an avid hunter who died two years ago.