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Student Gunman in California Kills 2, Wounds 3, Shoots Self

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7Dnews London - Reuters

Fri, 15 Nov 2019 01:05 GMT

A 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy are dead and three other teens are wounded after a classmate opened fire at a high school on his 16th birthday on campus in California on Thursday, November 14th before shooting himself in the head.

The suspect survived but was in grave condition, officials said.

Captain Kent Wegener of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department told a news conference that after drawing a .45 caliber semiautomatic handgun from his backpack, the student opened fire on the other students, and saved the last bullet for himself, according to Reuters.

"At this point, we have no indication of any motive or ideology," FBI Agent Paul Delacourt said.

Two other girls, aged 14 and 15, were wounded, as was a 14-year old boy, Wegener added, ABC News has reported.

The police described the suspect as an Asian male and a student at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, about 40 miles (65 km) north of Los Angeles.

According to Everytown, an advocacy group pushing for stricter gun laws, the incident is the 85th incident of gunfire on school grounds this year.

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