A California teenager who shot five classmates at a high school on his birthday, killing two and injuring three, used an assembled unregistered “ghost gun,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said on Thursday November 21st.
Speaking to media outlets Thursday, Villanueva said that the 16-year-old Nathaniel Tennosuke Berhow’s semi-automatic pistol was assembled from different gun parts and did not have a serial number, according to AP.
Berhow pulled the gun from his backpack on November 14th in an open-air celebration at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, Los Angeles, and shot five students at random in 16 seconds.
Berhow counted his rounds and saved the final bullet for himself, Villanueva said.
Authorities do not know who assembled the pistol or bought its components. Berhow’s motive remains a mystery, even after investigators interviewed 45 people and searched his home.
Berhow’s mother — who packed him homemade cookies and grapes for lunch that morning — had no idea what he was planning to do.
Berhow had shown no signs of violence and didn’t appear to be linked to any ideology or terrorist group, authorities said.