The 16-year-old Southern California high school student who shot five of his classmates Thursday before turning the gun on himself has died, authorities said late Friday.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Nathaniel Tennosuke Berhow passed away at 3:32 PT. His mother was present at the time, according to the sheriff’s office statement.
Authorities say Berhow pulled a gun from his backpack Thursday at Saugus High School in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita, shot five students at random in an outdoor plaza and then shot himself in the head. The shooting, captured on surveillance video, took 16 seconds. Investigators told reporters earlier Friday they have not uncovered a motive for the shooting, despite undertaking more than 40 interviews.
The attack killed 15-year-old Gracie Muehlberger and 14-year-old Dominic Blackwell. Two girls remain hospitalized but are expected to be released this weekend. Their names have not been released. A 14-year-old boy was treated and released from another hospital, authorities said.
Today a lil guy with a big heart lost his life in the Saugus Shooting. He was always smiling making people laugh, always positive, he was the sweetest kid ever and such a good kid. We need more people like you long live dominic blackwell, love you🕊❤ #LLDB #santaclaritashooting pic.twitter.com/lAE7lfImJM
— anthony martinez (@martin3zanthony) November 15, 2019
Muehlberger had recently celebrated her 15th birthday. Her classmates described her as sweet and fun, a girl known and loved by virtually everyone, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“My heart is killing me right now,” a person identified as Gracie’s brother posted to Twitter. “You are the best sister I could’ve asked for, I just know you’re my guardian angel now. I love you, Gracie.”