Suspect in Saugus High School Shooting Dies, Both Victims Identified

Ameera Butt
November 15, 2019 - 4:52 pm
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The suspect in the Saugus High School deadly shooting has died Friday afternoon.

The alleged shooter, 16-year-old Nathaniel Berhow, was in grave condition after he shot himself in the head after shooting five students. His mother was present when he died.

On Friday officials identified both of the victims: Gracie Anne Muehlberger, 15, who died after being rushed to Henry Mayo Hospital.

She died Thursday morning. She was initially reported as being 16-years-old on Thursday.

The second victim was later identified as Dominic Blackwell, 14, Friday afternoon.

On Friday, authorities announced that two of the survivors, who were shot, will be released. 

Six victims were injured, and two died, in a school shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita Thursday morning. One of the victims was released Thursday night.

Muehlberger's family set up a GoFundMe page in honor of her memory: https://www.gofundme.com/f/gracie-anne-muehlberger?fbclid=IwAR1Trixu1NF6dCJIhNi1mUZ2XZhPZGsJfJPbcRjiNiQytfJhBI0cqHCkT8c

"It is with the most unexplainable brokenness that we share our Gracie went to be with Jesus on Thursday morning. 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. She is going to be missed more than words will ever be able to express," Bryan Muehlberger wrote on the page.

The suspect was one of the injured and was in critical condition until he died Friday.

The alleged shooter has been identified as 16-year-old Nathaniel Berhow, and CBS News has confirmed he is in grave injury following the shooting of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. 

Sheriff's investigators are working with the F.B.I. on the case. Authorities announced they will be searching the suspected shooter's house. There has been no motive for the shooting. 

Officials announced that the school district will be closed Friday in light of the tragic shooting. 

Governor Newsom offered his condolences, tweeting, “I’m angry about it because I just don’t want to be repetitive and express condolences – of course we do, it’s devastating - but what do you say to the parents that are scared to death.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden was in Los Angeles Thursday and told a gathered crowd, "I’m so tired of talking about prayers. We need to do something to protect these children."

Later in the day President Trump tweeted his condolences. 

Authorities said there were a total of six victims who were promptly triaged and transported to local hospitals. Among those that were transported was the suspect, who is in grave condition. He is 16-years-old and a student at the school. The suspect's birthday was today and he allegedly he used a 45-caliber semiautomatic pistol.

The mother and girlfriend of the suspect are currently being questioned by the authorities.

The suspect is in custody and is being treated at a hospital, according to LASD Sheriff Alex Villaneuva who spoke to KNX 1070 Thursday morning.

All lockdowns have been lifted.  

LA County Sheriff's Department Deputy Joanna Warren told KNX on air Thursday morning "the call came in at 7:38 a.m. PST and the suspect is described as an Asian male, around 15 years old, wearing dark clothing and dark hat and dark pants, running northbound from the high school."

LASD Deputy Eric Ortiz told KNX Thursday morning the reunification area is Central Park on Bouquet Canyon, adding to let the parents know "that the kids are safe because the schools are on lockdown."

LASD revised that later on Thursday morning asking parents and the public to move to the south end of the park as a reunification point, past the Santa Clarita Community Gardens towards sports fields one through four.

There is a second reunification center at Bouquet Canyon Church.

On Thursday morning, the City of Santa Clarita wrote on Twitter "with the exception of Arroyo Seco and Saugus, ALL school lockdowns have been lifted."

The following surrounding schools were on lockdown earlier: Highlands Elementary and Rosedale Elementary in Santa Clarita Valley. All schools in William S. Hart District were also on lockdown earlier. 

The department said on Twitter: "Please avoid the area. Male Asian suspect black clothing last seen at the location. Deputies on scene and still responding. Avoid the area Further information to follow."