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Santa Clarita Gunman has died according to Santa Clarita officials

— Santa Clarita, CA.

The suspect in the shootin

by, g rampage at Saugus High School has died, officials said Friday.

The suspect, Nathaniel Tennosuke Berhow, 16, died at 3:32 p.m. Friday. He was a junior at the school.

After shooting five classmates on Thursday, Berhow shot himself in the head, investigators say. At the time he was hospitalized in critical condition.

His mother was present at the hospital at the time of his death, officials said.

Three teenagers were recovering Friday after the deadly shooting as investigators continued to search for a motive for what led the student suspect to pull a gun from his backpack on his 16th birthday and open fire on his fellow classmates before turning the gun on himself.

The shooting that killed two teenagers and wounded three others took just 16 seconds and left the attacker hospitalized in critical condition with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.

Hospital doctors said two teenage girls wounded in the shooting were recovering and could leave the hospital soon. A third surviving victim, described as a 14-year-old boy, was released from Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Thursday.

"These are stoic, young adults. They held their composure despite being shot. Being shot in the torso is a very big deal," a hospital doctor said of the wounded students.

Investigators searched the alleged gunman's home as they sought a motive for the attack, which seemed to target students at random, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Captain Kent Wegener said.

They found six firearms at the home that were all registered to the suspect's late father.

The boy lived with his mother in a modest home on a leafy street in Santa Clarita, known for good schools, safe streets and relatively affordable housing. His mother dropped him off at school that morning.