He used his last bullet to shoot after targeting his classmates on Thursday, the same day he turned 16. His motive remains a mystery.
Shortly before school started for the day, the shooter walked into the campus known as the four-legged .45 pistol from his backpack and shot people near it. Then he turned his gun on him.
Two students, Grace Ann Müllberger, 15, and Dominic Blackwell, 14, died in hospital, authorities said. Three other teens are injured and are expected to survive.
Chloe Rogers said her friend Müllberger has a grim personality and knows how to make her friends laugh.
"We would always share our silly jokes with each other, make Weine references and laugh forever. Her laugh was a laugh that would make you laugh harder. She always had something kind to say and knew how to put out." my friends. I love her so much and going to school knowing she won't get to me at random to talk is heartbreaking. "
Searching for answers
Investigators dig in suspected social media and background. He was identified as Nathaniel Berhow and lived with his mother. His father died in 201
There appears to be no connection between the shooter and the victims, other than all who were students, the sheriff said.
"Nothing really stands out (with suspicion). He wasn't a loner. He wasn't socially awkward. He was involved in student activities. Student athlete," Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Vilanueva told CNN's New Day. "This is something out of the blue, shocking almost everyone who knew him.
The shooter does not chase anyone during the shooting and turns out to be randomly targeted at the people around him, said Vilanueva.
Saugus High School there was an active firing training just a few weeks ago and the teachers and students did exactly as they were trained, he said.
Off-duty officers rushed to help. when he saw a quarter
Someone was shooting, Detective Daniel Finn told him.
He and another off-duty officer found two of the five victims and the shooter still Quinn said he saw the shooter's gun but was not aware that one of the people being treated was the gunman.
"My primary concern then was to secure the accident, to treat the victims. and try not to have extra
Finn, a former school resource alternate at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, told an administrator to get medical bags from the school office. A third duty officer helped treat the victims until medical attention arrived.
Cherry Mosburg, Brian Rice, Jason Hannah and Joe Sutton contributed to this report.