At least five wounded after shooting at California high school: Officials

A law enforcement official leads students at the scene of a shooting at Saugus high school in Santa Clarita, California, US. Photograph:( Reuters )

Reuters Los Angeles, United States Nov 14, 2019, 10.44 PM (IST)

At least five people were wounded after a shooter opened fire at a high school in Santa Clarita, California, a city north of Los Angeles, officials said.

A suspect described as a male Asian in black clothing was still at large, the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff said on Twitter.

"This is still a very active situation. Reports of approximately 5 victims being treated. Parents, deputies are on scene everywhere protecting your children," the Santa Clarita Valley branch of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office tweeted.

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Saugus High School and all schools in the William S. Hart district were placed on lockdown while authorities flooded the area.

Video from local NBC television showed a line of students walking away from the school and a row of police and fire department vehicles parked out front.

KTLA video, broadcast on CNN, showed one woman being loaded into an ambulance.

"Several injured. LASD resources on-site and searching for the suspect," Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Undersheriff Tim Murakami said in a post on Twitter. "Will be locking down area schools. Advise residents to shelter in place and report any suspicious activity."

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A suspect described as a male Asian in black clothing was still at large, the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff said on Twitter.