Prayers Up: Multiple people have been injured in a shooting at a Southern California high school, officials say. A man opened fire at the high school before classes began Thursday morning, killing one person and injuring others, CNN reports.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said the suspected gunman, an Asian male wearing black clothing who was last seen at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, was at large. He is suspected to be a student at the school.
“This is an active shooter situation,” said a tweet from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Office. The suspect described to be a male Asian, black clothing is outstanding.
Emergency responders took several people out of the school on gurneys, one of whom has been pronounced dead. Of the other five, two are in critical condition.
Witnesses recall the chilling moment that shots rang out on the school’s grounds. Some students attempted to flee the building, and other students found a safe place to hide.
“We ran through the fence, luckily it was open, and we got as far away from campus as we could,” one student said. “We were texting all out friends and making sure they were safe. They said they were hiding and they were scared. It scared us because they’re our friends and we didn’t want anything bad to happen to them.
Another student, Brooklyn Moreno, told a CNN affiliate that she was waiting for her first class to begin when she heard the first shot.
“Everyone thought it was a balloon, and it got really quite. And then two more shots, and then everyone just ran out of the school,” she said. She adds that she ran across a street to someone’s house until someone came to pick her up.”
As of now, the suspect has not yet been caught. Please send your prayers to the students and families, Roommates.