Authorities say the biography on an Instagram account presumably belonged to the teenage shooter who shot two classmates at his Californian school and said, & # 39; Saugus, have fun tomorrow at school & # 39 ;.
Nathaniel Berhow, 16, was identified as the suspect in the fatal shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, about 40 miles from Los Angeles, on Thursday morning.
He is accused of taking a gun out of his backpack and shooting at five students, two of them killed, before shooting himself in the head with the last bullet on his 16th birthday.
Berhow survived and is currently in a serious hospital.
Sheriff officials in Los Angeles County said the message was posted on his Instagram Thursday morning, but it is unclear when exactly.
Authorities say the message was deleted later, but they don't know who made the change.
The FBI said there was no reason to believe that Berhow was acting on behalf of a group or ideology or that there were conspirators in the fatal shooting.
Nathaniel Berhow, 16, has been identified as the suspect in the fatal shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, about 40 miles from Los Angeles, on Thursday morning
Sheriff officials in Los Angeles County said the post on Instagram from Berhow was posted Thursday morning, but it is unclear when exactly. Authorities say the message was deleted later, but they don't know who made the change
Authorities said they responded to a stream of 911 calls when the gunfire started at about 7:30 am and they found all six students in a quad area within the school.
Berhow was initially mistaken for a victim when the school was closed. Descriptions of witnesses and surveillance images identified the suspect within an hour of the shooting.
No other suspects are currently being investigated.
Security video captured the attacker and pulled a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol out of his backpack and fired at his classmates.
A 14 year old boy and a 16 year old boy were killed.
Two girls, ages 14 and 15, were each in good condition after being treated for gunshot wounds. A 14-year-old boy was treated and released from another hospital.
Authorities say they are getting a search warrant to search Berhow's house and that his mother and girlfriend worked with detectives.
Berhow's mother, Mami Matasuura, said she was praying that her son would survive.
& # 39; I don't even know what to do now, I only pray for my son's life, & # 39; she said.
Berhow is pictured above as a child with his parents Mark and Mami and his sister. Berhow's father is said to have been a keen hunter, according to social media and his death announcement. He died of a heart attack in December 2017, according to his death notice
Medical staff loads an injured person in an ambulance outside of Saugus High School in Santa Clarita
It is said that at least one person was shot in the abdomen
As the authorities continue to investigate and try to determine a motive, details about the suspect and his family have begun to appear – including how there were signs of problems at home.
Berhow's father, Mark Berhow, died of a heart attack in December 2017, according to an online death notice.
The older Berhow, who worked as an engineer for a healthcare company, was an avid hunter and is believed to have had multiple weapons.
His death announcement described his love for & # 39; big game hunting and fishing of all kinds & # 39 ;.
According to the records of the Department of Los Angeles County Sheriff published in a local newspaper, Berhow's father was arrested in June 2015 on suspicion of attempted battery on his wife Mami Matasuura.
The office of the public prosecutor refused to lodge charges at the time because of insufficient evidence.
Online records also showed that Berhow's mother and in August 2016 filed divorce proceedings against her husband and applied for custody of the children.
Authorities questioned the teenager's mother on Thursday as they searched for an explanation for the shooting.
SWAT officers entered the home of the suspect in Santa Clarita, California, near the Saugus High School, where a massive shooting took place this morning, killing two students
This photo of video provided by KTLA-TV shows law enforcement personnel outside a house on Sycamore Creek Drive while hunting for the suspected school shooter
A childhood friend of Berhow is speculated in a KTLA interview that the death of the teen's father two years ago could have caused the rampage.
The friend claimed that Berhow's father drank heavily and also made his own bullets.
Asked if there were any weapons in the house of Berhow, the friend said: & # 39; His father made bullets, so I assume he had bullets and the like. & # 39;
Neighbors claimed that Berhow's father had a passion for weapons, but it is not clear whether the teenager had access to weapons.
Jared Axen, who lives next to the family, said that Berhow went hunting with his father and that firearms were not a mystery to him.
& # 39; He grew up with his father who was a hunter, and this was a normal activity for him, & # 39; said Axen.
& # 39; He grew up around firearms, it was no mystery, he knew how to use it and understood how it worked, he was responsible. He emerged as a very responsible person. & # 39;
It comes as people who knew that the suspect described him as a quiet, smart child that they would never expect to break violently.
A fellow junior at the Saugus High School said he was a boy scout she relied on to study for an advanced placement in European history.
A neighbor who knew the boy when they were growing up, said he kept himself to himself but was never threatening.
& # 39; A quiet, self-contained child, & # 39; said Ryan McCracken, a neighbor who would play a few years older with the growing boy, also in a treehouse in the backyard.
& # 39; You wouldn't expect anything like that from him. & # 39;
Students are waiting for reunification in a park after the shooting at their high school on Thursday morning
Many students were in tears or on the phone with their loved ones during the evacuation of the Saugus High School on Thursday morning
Students are comforted while waiting to be reunited with their parents after a fatal shooting at Saugus High School
Ella Cabigting is embraced by her father Emerson as they reunite after the shooting
Brooke Risley, a junior at Saugus High, said she already knew the boy from elementary school and saw him in engineering class on Wednesday. They were linked to technical projects during the past school year and he came to her house to work on it.
On Thursday she could not remember anything that indicated that he was violent. The closest she could get was a key ring he had with a hollow bullet.
& # 39; We are all wondering, & # 39; said Risley, & # 39; what was the motive? & # 39;
Risley described the boy as somewhat introverted, although open to his close friends and & # 39; naturally smart & # 39 ;.
She said he was not bullied, had a girlfriend, and had been an active member of a local Boy Scout gang.
Results of school track posted online last spring show that he was an unusual medium and long distance runner. His GPA brought him to the honors list during the eighth grade, according to the online school records, although he did not appear on the published honors list last year.
Joe Fitzpatrick, a senior who helped the boy's physics teacher, called him a & # 39; good, quiet child & # 39; did not miss those assignments and performed well on tests.
& # 39; He just seemed like one of those ordinary kids, & # 39; said Fitzpatrick.
Since then, students have described in detail how the sound of gunfire caused some to run, while others and staff recently followed security procedures as the shooting unfolded.
Some students and teachers arm themselves with scissors and even a fire extinguisher to use as a weapon if necessary.
The students in a barricaded choir room were huddled in the dark minutes after shots sounded when they said: & # 39; I think I was shot. & # 39;
Katie Holt, a visual arts teacher, had pushed the piano in the music room against the door of the classroom, two students in the room then told Reuters and grabbed a fire extinguisher, presumably for use as a weapon.
& # 39; She turned off the light … She locked all doors. She pushed the piano to the door, totally barricaded, & said Eddie Mendoza, 17 in a telephone interview, his voice still broken with emotion and sadness.
Students outside fled in a panic, while inside, classrooms ran to safety because they had been drilled repeatedly.
Paramedics see help with administering one of the shooting victims on the school campus
On Thursday morning, fire broke out at the Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California
People are leaving the Saugus High School after reports about a shooting on Thursday
One of them was one of the shooter victims, Mendoza said.
& # 39; I think I'm bleeding. I think I was shot, & he recalled that she said. & # 39; It was so hard to hear her say & # 39; I want my mother & # 39 ;, it was heartbreaking, & # 39; said Mendoza.
Another student who only identified herself as Pamela said Holt had picked up a first aid kit that was in the classroom and started treating the girl's wounds on her shoulder and torso.
& # 39; Our teacher was very calm and collected, & # 39; Pamela said, adding that the students were all calm. Even the injured girl, who remained conscious and alert, continued to talk and make jokes to deal with it & # 39 ;.
Mendoza said the teacher & # 39; literally a hero & # 39; used to be.
& # 39; We did our best, we called 911 four times, we told them where we were. & # 39;
Pamela said about 35 students were locked up in Holt & # 39; s small office next to the music room for about 29 minutes before she heard the police banging on the barricaded chord door.
About seven officers then brought the students from the inner office into the choir room, with the students instructed to keep their hands up to their heads.
& # 39; We all raise our hands, & # 39; said Mendoza, & # 39; everyone is crying and trembling. & # 39;
With the school closed, they were told to sit on the choir boards, where they were held for about two hours before being escorted out of the school, Pamela said.
Students were taken by school bus to a reunification point in the Central Park of Santa Clarita to meet their parents.
Pamela said the ordeal made her numb while trying to comfort other classmates who had been shaken by the events. & # 39; I just feel far away from it, & # 39; she said.
Her father, who was standing next to her, said: & # 39; I'm sure it will hit you later. & # 39;
Kyra Stapp, 17, watched a documentary in the classroom when she heard two gunshots. Panic students ran in and reported the shooting.
Students and others are waiting outside a reunification center in Santa Clarita, California
A police officer keeps watch while students wait to reunite with their parents
Authorities said they responded to a stream of 911 calls when the gunfire started at about 7:30 am and they found all six students in a quad area within the school
Stapp's class and others were taken to a teachers' break room where they locked the door and turned off the lights.
Kyra texting to her mother and trying not to make any noise. They exchanged messages as sirens screamed and helicopters and deputies swarmed with guns and shotguns across the campus. Then Kyra fell silent while officers escorted students outside.
& # 39; She sent me a text message and suddenly she is not, & # 39; said Tracy Stapp. & # 39; That was the worst 10 minutes of my life, I swear. & # 39;
Shauna Orandi, 16, said she was doing homework in her Spanish class when she heard four gunshots that she initially confused as instruments of a band class. She said a student rushed into the room and said he had seen the shooter, and her classmates were stunned in silence.
& # 39; My worst nightmare has come true, & # 39; she said later when she left a nearby park with her father. & # 39; This is it. I'm dying. & # 39;
First-year student Rosie Rodriguez said she was walking up the library stairs when she heard sounds that & # 39; sounded like balloons & # 39; popped. She realized that it was gunshots when she saw other students running.
Still with a backpack full of books, she ran across the street to a house where a person she did not know offered her and about 10 other students shelter.
& # 39; I just heard many children cry. We were scared, & Rodriguez said.
A huge crowd of frightened parents gathered in the park, waiting to be reunited with their children.
Undersheriff Tim Murakami tweeted an apology to the parents and told investigators to interview the students before they could be released.
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