İrem UZUN -TDO- A California high school student is suspected of having opened fire on campus on Thursday, killing at least one person and wounding five others before he was arrested, officials said. The shooting took place at the Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, north of Los Angeles, minutes before the school day was due to begin. The suspect was described by police as an Asian male student at the same high school.
In addition to a dead female, two males were in critical condition and another was in good condition. Two female patients were in fair condition and were talking when they arrived, a hospital representative told Reuters. One student told NBC she was doing her homework when people started running. "I was really, really scared. I was shaking," she said. Another student, named as Azalea, told CBS she and her classmates had barricaded the classroom door with chairs. "It was just really scary, having everybody panic and call their parents, saying they love you".
According to the Washington Post, more than 230,000 young people in the U.S. have experienced gun violence at school since the Columbine High School massacre in Colorado in 1999. About 40% of Americans say they own a gun or live in a household with one, according to a 2017 survey, and the rate of murder or manslaughter by firearm in the country is the highest in the developed world.