California –-(Ammoland.com)- California gun laws have failed to protect its citizens once again at a California high school 40 minutes outside Los Angeles.
On Thursday morning, 20 minutes before classes started, a 16-year old student entered Saugus High School in Santa Clarita on his birthday, pulled a .45 caliber handgun, and opened fire on his classmate. Sources tell AmmoLand it was a 1911, but the make is unknown. AmmoLand will not be naming the murderer in this article since studies show the seeking of fame plays at least some part in school killings.
The killer fired the pistol one time before it jammed. He was able to clear the jam and continued to fire on students hitting five of the fleeing teens. When he had a single round left in the chamber he turned the pistol on himself and attempted to commit suicide. A 14-year old boy and a 16-year old girl passed away after being rushed to the hospital
Three off duty officers who were dropping their children off at school were the first on the scene. They found six students with gunshot wounds in the quad area of the school. The first call from the school came into 911 at 7:38 AM.
Emergency first responders transported three other students to the hospital by ambulance. Police found the killer still alive in the quad, and EMS crews also rushed him to the hospital. Doctors listed the murderer as in critical condition immediately after the incident.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva wasted no time to exploit the tragedy by invoking images of Columbine, Parkland, and Sandy Hook on CNN as Anderson Cooper swooped in like a vulture.
“With a heavy heart, we're going to move on with the investigation and figure out what went wrong,” the sheriff said. “I hate to have Saugus be added to the names of Columbine, Parkland, Sandy Hook, but it's a reality that affects us all throughout the nation — something that we're going to have to figure out.”
Accord to Sheriff Villanueva, the killer, posted what in hindsight was a foreboding message on his Instagram account the night before the attack, which someone has since changed.
“I also want to acknowledge a posting on the bio of what we believe to be the subject's Instagram account,” he said. “It says underneath his pseudonym: ‘Saugus have fun at school tomorrow.' “
There are rumors that the student issued online threats through his social media accounts. Although authorities haven't been able to confirm the rumors, they are investigating the claims since the changing of the killer's Instagram account shows someone else has access to his social media and could be scrubbing it clean of evidence or motives.
Law enforcement is investigating who else has access to the killer's social media accounts and want to see why they made the edits. The FBI does not believe the killer was a part of a group or ideology. They also think that there were not any co-conspirators involved in the planning of the attack.
Democrats took to Twitter to blame the NRA for the shooting. Longshot presidential candidate, Cory Booker, who is currently polling at only 2%, attacked the gun-rights group before the situation was even under control.
“My heart goes out to the students, teachers and parents in Santa Clarita,” Booker Tweeted. “Thank you to the first responders and law enforcement who are still on the scene. We don't have to accept our children being terrorized by guns. We demand gun safety. We need to bring a fight to the NRA.”
The two murdered students also do not appear to have any connection to the killer. The hospital listed the murderer’s condition as grave. As of yet, authorities do not have a motive for the attack.
About John Crump
John is a NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. He is the former CEO of Veritas Firearms, LLC and is the co-host of The Patriot News Podcast which can be found at www.blogtalkradio.com/patriotnews. John has written extensively on the patriot movement including 3%'ers, Oath Keepers, and Militias. In addition to the Patriot movement, John has written about firearms, interviewed people of all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and is currently working on a book on leftist deplatforming methods and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss, on Facebook at realjohncrump, or at www.crumpy.com.