A TEEN gunman in dark clothes opened fire in his own school today, killing one and injuring four others, cops say.
Horrifying images from the attack show victims – including students – being carried away on stretchers at Saugus High School, in Santa Clarita, California.
The suspect, previously described as an Asian male, aged 15, in black clothing, is now in custody and is being treated at a local hospital.
One female has died, two males are critical and another male is in a good condition, according to the Associated Press.
At least five were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds, Los Angeles County Fire Department said.
It is not currently known how many were treated at the scene
NBC reporter Adrian Arambulo tweeted: "One found in choir room. Others at nurse's office."
LA County Sheriff's Department (LASD) responded to reports of shots being fired at the school at around 7.40am local time.
A handgun was recovered by police near to the school, it was currently unclear whether the shooter had any additional weapons.
ONE SHOT IN THE ABDOMEN
Helicopter footage from the scene showed the chaos as students and staff fled the high school.
At least two people could be seen being taken into an ambulance via a stretcher.
One victim was shot in the abdomen, according to Los Angeles Fire Department.
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station tweeted: "We have fire on scene and multiple units responding from other sheriff’s stations to assist."
"This is still a very active situation. Reports of approximately 5 victims being treated.
"Parents, deputies are on scene everywhere protecting your children."
Aerial footage showed pupils being evacuated with a police escort, the high school has more than 2,300 students.
A mother of one student told KTLA that her daughter witnessed a girl burst into her classroom after she was shot.
She claimed that other students immediately sprung into action to stop the bleeding.
One student told CBS News that he heard “two or three gun shots and then everyone started running out from the entrance.”
He described how he didn’t realise it was a shooting at first: “It was just like a big balloon pop, like super loud and everyone started running.”
Riley, a pupil at the school, said she started running after hearing five gunshots while hanging out with friend near to the library.
Police believed the suspect was hiding in the woodlands surrounding the school, it is not clear where he was found.
They also surrounded a home, which may have been linked to the suspect.
Our mission is to not only locate and arrest the suspect but protect others from harm.
The SWAT team were deployed as part of the plan to apprehend the suspect.
Tim Murakami from LASD wrote: "Our mission is to not only locate and arrest the suspect but protect others from harm.
"Please pray for the recovery of the victims and the safety of the responding deputies."
Police are currently looking for one male, but are investigating all leads and interviewing witnesses from the school for more information.
Murakami previously tweeted: "Will be locking down area schools. Advise residents to shelter in place and report any suspicious activity."
All schools in the William S Hart district were put into lockdown "as a precaution," LASD wrote.
This followed on from both Rosedell and Highland Elementary Schools previously being locked down.
A reunification point for parents was set up on Central Park in Bouquet Canyon.
Parents were advised that students who witnessed the shooting would not be released until they had been interviewed.
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