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1 Person has died 5 other injured in a high school shooting in Santa Clarita in Southern California

- Santa Clarita, California

At least six people were shot, one fatally, Thursday morning on the campus of Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, prompting a massive response from sheriff's deputies and paramedics, authorities said.

In a tweet, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the suspected shooter was "in custody and being treated at a local hospital."

A Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesperson confirmed firefighters responded before 8 a.m. to the school at 21900 Centurion Way. One of the victims was struck in the stomach.

All lockdown orders have been lifted and the suspect according to local sheriff's was an asian boy that attended the high school.

Fire officials said six victims were transported from the scene. In a tweet, Henry Mayo Hospital said it had received four patients.

A hospital spokesperson later said a female victim was pronounced dead. Two male patients were in critical condition, while a third male was in good condition. Their ages and names were not available.

In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, authorities released a description of the suspect as a manhunt got underway. Heavily armed deputies and an armored SWAT vehicle were seen at a home near the school, but it was unclear if the house was connected to the investigation.

Update regarding the shooting at #SaugusHigh, suspect is in custody and being treated at a local hospital. — Alex Villanueva (@LACoSheriff) November 14, 2019

The high school remained on lockdown for hours after the incident. Shortly before 11 a.m., lockdowns were lifted at all campuses in the district, as well as Rosedell and Highland elementary schools.

Central Park, at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, was being used as a reunification point for parents and students, the Sheriff's Department said.

Undersheriff Tim Murakami tweeted an apology to parents, saying investigators need to interview "every student at Saugus HS" before they can be released.

In a statement, the White House said President Donald Trump was monitoring ongoing reports about the shooting.

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