Gun Used by Suspect in Fatal Saugus HS Shooting was 'Kit Gun'

Rebekah Sager
November 21, 2019 - 8:03 am
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Sheriff Villanueva released new information about the Saugus High School shooting that claimed the lives of two and injured three others. 

The weapon used in the fatal shooting came from a "kit gun," assembled from parts. Authorities are investigating whether the "ghost gun" was assembled by the suspect or his late father. 

A ghost gun is a firearm without serial numbers.

“About a third of all firearms seized in Southern California now are unserialized, and that is expected to grow,” Ginger Colbrun, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles region’s ATF office, told The Times in August.

Investigators found six firearms at the suspect's house, all registered to the suspect's late father. 

"The mystery is trying to piece together who assembled what and at what point in time," Villanueva told ABC 7

Kit guns are multi-purpose utility handguns; small and lightweight, they're generally used for small game hunting or self-defense -- designed to be easily packed in a hunting, camping or fishing "kit."

"They're sold as a kit. You can legally buy it, assemble the weapon yourself and then you have a gun that is not registered and no one knows that you have it, and that is very dangerous," Villanueva said.