Students and teachers who survived a shooting at a California high school Thursday morning are recalling the moment they heard the gunman open fire as terrified parents and grandparents wait to be reunited with their loved ones.
Brooklyn Moreno, a student at Saugus High School, said after hearing gunshots she ‘ran right out of school as fast as I could’.
Moreno told ABC News that ‘there was girls falling in front of me’ as they were all running to find safety.
‘I was trying to help them up and then I just kept running because I didn’t want to get hurt either.’
Anxious parents were waiting reunification with their children near the high school where authorities say a 16-year-old student opened fire, killing a 16-year-old girl and wounding several others. A second victim has also died.
Students (pictured) and teachers who survived a shooting at a California high school Thursday morning are recalling the moment they heard the gunman open fire as terrified parents and grandparents wait to be reunited with their loved ones
Brooklyn Moreno (left), a student at Saugus High School, said after hearing gunshots she ‘ran right out of school as fast as I could’. Moreno said that ‘there was girls falling in front of me’ as they were all running to find safety. She said she tried to help them to their feet
Two grandparents searching for their granddaughter, Isabella, spoke to reporters at the scene. Rosa Arreola (left) said they spoke with their granddaughter who had been taken to safety at a nearby park. The teen’s grandfather said Isabella’s friend was killed during the shooting
Three other students said ‘it felt like hours but it was really like five seconds’.
‘We could not process what was going on,’ the unidentified students added.
Grandparents who were searching for their granddaughter, Isabella, spoke to reporters at the scene.
Isabella’s grandmother, Rosa Arreola, told NBC that they had spoken with their granddaughter who had been taken to safety at a nearby park.
The teen’s grandfather also said that Isabella’s friend was killed during the shooting.
Student Amber Miller told NBC: ‘I should not have to go to school and fear for my life… I’m not a target. And this is unfortunately Trump’s America.’
‘I’m going to stand up for gun control,’ she vowed.
Students from Saugus High School in the city of Santa Clarita were gathered in a park following the shooting around 7.30am Thursday.
Los Angeles County Undersheriff Tim Murakami tweeted an apology to the parents, saying investigators need to interview the students before they can be released.
A hospital reported that the 16-year-old female student succumbed to her injuries shortly after she was brought in. Two males are in critical condition and another male is in good condition.
During an afternoon press conference, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva says the unidentified gunman, whose birthday is Thursday, is in grave condition at a hospital.
Anxious parents (pictured at the scene) are awaiting reunification with their children near the high school where authorities say a student opened fire, killing one person and wounding several others. A second victim has also died
Students are escorted in a single file line as some parents pick them up outside of Saugus High School after the Thursday morning shooting
Distressed parents wait to reunite with their children after the shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California
Students are comforted as they wait to be reunited with their parents, hours after a gunman opened fire on their school
A student is comforted by her dad as she escorted away from her high school where a gunman opened fire Thursday morning
A school staff member is seen talking to Saugus High students as they wait to be picked up by family members after the shooting
A parent of a Saugus High student was seen on her cellphone as she waited to be reunited with her child after the shooting as students are comforted (right) at a park following the shooting
Students are embraced by their loved ones at a park nearby the Saugus High School student
A video of the shooting shows the teenager shooting himself in the head.
A student named Sean said he was training with his team and coach when they immediately locked themselves in a room.
When they reinforced the door their coach led them in prayer as they stood in a circle with their hands joined.
Sean said: ‘I was walking towards the quad where it happened, I heard the shots so I ran back to the room where I was.
‘We were all texting our parents and telling them we’re OK. We were trying to keep quiet and not make noise. We weren’t sure until our coach got a call, and they cleared the building out. After that I felt safe.’
His mom Mercedes said she was relieved to have her son back. She claimed: ‘It’s just relief, there is no real sense of knowing your child is safe until you have them in your arms. I’m just trying to calm down now. He’ll be my baby forever.’
Sean added: ‘I don’t know why these things happen, they just do. We ended up all joining hands and praying, and the comfort of knowing we were there.
‘They took us to the gym, I love my mom so much and I didn’t know what to do. We settled down and we went through it together.’
Students were escorted in a line to a park as they waited to be reunited with their parents
A man embraces his daughter after picking her up at a nearby park hours after the shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California
Students (pictured) from Saugus High School in the city of Santa Clarita have been gathered in a park following the shooting around 7.30am Thursday
A hospital reported that the 16-year-old female student succumbed to her injuries shortly after she was brought in. Two males are in critical condition and another male is in good condition. Students are seen crying at a park while waiting for their parents
During an afternoon press conference, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva says the unidentified gunman, whose birthday is Thursday, is in grave condition at a hospital. Students and staffers are seen during the evacuation of the campus
Mason Peters, another student at Saugus High School, said his teacher sprang into action when the class heard the gunshots.
Peters told KTLA: ‘We heard this distinctive sound outside and my teacher quickly sprang to his feet, got up, locked the door, asked one of the students to get the keys
‘We got a bunch of desks, turned off all the lights and reinforced the doors and we all just stayed hidden.’
A student named Alexa who heard gunshots before she was evacuated with her class said she and other students just ran for their lives.
She said she didn’t hear any warnings before the alarm went off regarding a student or know who the suspect may be.
‘I heard the first gunshot which, I felt like I was running for my life, at this moment I prayed that everyone was OK and safe.’
‘We never heard of any threats or problems this suddenly happened, now we’re here getting evacuated from our school not knowing when we will be able to come back.’
Ambulances were parked outside of Saugus High School after following the shooting
Students, teachers and other staffers are lead out of Saugus High School officers from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
People are lead out of Saugus High School after reports of a shooting on Thursday
Shauna Orandi was in her Spanish class working on homework at Saugus High School in the city of Santa Clarita on Thursday morning when she heard gunfire.
She says she thought her worst nightmare had come true. She said to herself: ‘This is it. I’m gonna die.’
Orandi was later escorted from the school and reunited with her father in a nearby park.
A mother of one student who was outside the school said the kids have regular drills to prepare for an active shooter situation.
She told an ABC7 reporter: ‘They do multiple drills, and I always said I hate that this is the new normal but I see why now. The kids know [what to do], they should hide, shelter in place, or run if you can.’
One of the students who was there with his mom said: ‘I know if you’re in a classroom you should just stay if there’s a teacher, if you’re already outside and really close to an exit, you should try and run but if you’re not close to an exit, you should duck into the nearest class
‘We have done lockdown drills and stuff.’
Two sisters who were outside the school with their mom appeared shaken as they told how they were reunited when the building was evacuated.
One of the girls named Emily told KTLA: ‘I never looked back, we just all kept running and people were looking for their loved ones. Everyone worked as a community it was very surprising.
Medical personnel load an injured person into an ambulance outside Saugus High School
First responders were seen loading an injured person into an ambulance outside the high school on Thursday
‘I was like panicking the whole time, I was like my sister is in the classroom, I hope she’s OK.
‘She’s here now and she was hiding, she was texting that she was so scared and it was so crazy.’
Her mom told of her terror as Emily text her saying there was a shooter in the building and she immediately rushed to the scene where she waited for news.
She told reporters: ‘She was texting me saying there is a shooter, I was like what I couldn’t believe. It hits home so it’s been really hard, I got in my car and drove right to my school, I waited and waited and finally my daughter came running out to me
‘It was the best thing ever, she was one of the first classes let out. I found out my other daughter was with her girlfriend and mom which was like a relief.’
‘My daughter Sarah told me “mom, I’m so scared, I love you so much, please come, please come” and that just killed me.
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