At least three people were injured during a shooting at a Southern California high school Thursday morning, authorities said.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said on Twitter that deputies responded to Saugus High School in the city of Santa Clarita, about 48 kilometres northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
The department said a male suspect in black clothing was seen at the location.
The local sheriff’s office said on Twitter that at this time police believe there is just one suspect, but they are “actively investigating and following all leads.”
The number of people reported to be injured varied. Early reports from local police put the number of people injured around five.
This is still a very active situation. Reports of approximately 5 victims being treated. Parents, deputies are on scene everywhere protecting your children.
Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesperson Christopher Thomas said initial accounts of at least six victims Thursday morning may have been because of duplicate reports.
A local hospital said it had received two victims in critical condition.
<a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/SaugusHighShooting?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#SaugusHighShooting</a>: We have received 2 patients in critical condition, 3 en route. We will provide updates as they become available.
It was not immediately clear if the victims suffered gunshot wounds or other injuries, Thomas said.
Saugus High School and other schools in the area were locked down.
Television images showed sheriff’s deputies swarming the school and several people being moved on gurneys.
Lines of students were escorted away from the school by armed deputies.