Shooting at California high school, ‘male Asian suspect’ in black at large, sheriffs say avoid area

California police were hunting for the suspected shooter who reportedly opened fire at Saugus High School on Thursday, injuring at least six people — two of whom were in critical condition, officials said.

A “male Asian suspect” wearing black clothing was last seen walking away from the scene, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office said. Authorities warned residents to “please avoid the area” as the sheriff’s office, including a SWAT team, searched for the suspect.

Investigators locked down all schools in the William S. Hart Union High School District as they searched for the suspected gunman, but school officials said around 12:10 p.m. ET that all lockdowns, except at Arroyo Seco and Saugus, were lifted. The Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Department said they “believe at this time that there is only one suspect but we are actively investigating and following all leads.”

Henry Mayo Hospital tweeted Thursday: ‘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 shooting occurred inside the school building, on school grounds or near the school. It also wasn’t clear what time the shooting happened, but a lieutenant with the fire department told Fox News school began at 6:55 a.m.

“Deputies on scene and still responding,” the department tweeted. “Avoid the area Further information to follow.”

President Trump “is monitoring the ongoing reports of a school shooting in Santa Clarita, CA,” the White House said in a statement. “The White House encourages all those in the area to follow the advice of local law enforcement and first responders.”

Saugus High School is located 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Several students were transported out of the school on gurneys, and at least one person was discovered wounded inside of the school’s choir room, the Los Angeles Times reported.

This is a developing story; please check back for updates.

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