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2 dead, 3 wounded in Calif. school shooting

Two students were killed and three other teens wounded in a shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California, just after 7:30 this morning, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Sheriff’s Captain Kent Wegener said the teenage suspect, a student at the school, was standing in the quad when he pulled a .45-caliber handgun from his backpack and opened fire on other students, the paper noted. He then turned the gun on himself and suffered injuries to his head, for which he was being treated under police guard at a local hospital. It was reported that today was the suspect’s 16th birthday.

A 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy were killed in the shooting, and police were conducting several interviews to try to determine what the motive might have been.

All schools in the William S Hart Union High School District will be closed Friday. District Deputy Superintendent Mike Kuhlman said in a message to school families, “We are all grieving and in shock as a result of today’s terrible events.”

Shootout near an Illinois elementary school

A shootout between two men took place in far west-suburban Aurora, Illinois, just before 6 PM on October 10, a Thursday. It happened within sight of an elementary school, and members of the community expressed concern that two people would be so brazen to fire semiautomatic pistols in the middle of the day, WBBM-TV (CBS affiliate) reported.

“When I saw the video and I saw that little young girl run, I’m thinking, my grandbaby is always out playing, so I was concerned with that,” the station quoted one resident as saying.

Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin had a few stronger words: “I was appalled when I saw that video, where young people would be so brazen to pull out a gun in the middle of the day and run through a neighborhood shooting with little kids playing,” he was quoted as saying. “When someone sees something like this occurring, all that matters to them is the fact that they saw it. And we’ve got to put something in place to ensure they don’t see crimes like that, and that crimes like don’t happen in city of Aurora.”

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