2. SOUNDBITE (English) ISABELLA ESSER, Junior at Saugus: ++PART OVERLAID BY CUTAWAYS++
"I was in my first period class, and I hear just these loud bangs. My first instinct is that's gunshots. But then I was like, this is Santa Clarita. That doesn't happen here. And then my friend Bree texts me and she's like, Hey, are you OK? And I was like, are you OK? And she was like, yeah. Did you hear those gunshots? And I was like, Oh, crap. Then I knew that that was gunshots. My mind is just racing, I'm texting my mom, my dad, everyone in my family just telling them that I love them in case something were to happen to me and I would never see them again. My mom was definitely freaking out a little bit. She was just texting me back saying, 'I love you, I love you, I'm coming. Keep texting me. I'm driving. But I need you to keep texting me. So I keep hearing my phone go off so that I know you are ok'. I couldn't type correctly to some people. I was just texting every single person I knew and I was freaking out. I was with my friend and we were just crying in the core (center of the classrooms). It was a terrible feeling because we didn't know where the suspect was. We didn't know what was happening. You know, there's so much stuff going out of what could be happening. And we're just freaking out not knowing what's actually going on. It definitely has already hit me, but I keep trying to just not think about it and think of positive things. I went to grief counseling, so I think that helped a little bit with just my thought process. And she told me to just keep talking about it to people, which I think is good for me, because then as I talk about it, my emotions start to settle. So, you never expect it to happen to your school, you hear about it on the news all the time of different schools being, you know, shot up and you just never think it's going be your school, ever."
A 16-year-old boy who shot five fellow students - killing two - before turning the gun on himself at a Southern California high school has died.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says Nathaniel Tennosuke Berhow died at about 3:30 p.m. Friday at a hospital with his mother present.
Students and others gathered at a makeshift memorial in Santa Clarita, California, Friday where people left items - balloons, cards and stuffed animals - a day after the teenager opened fire after being dropped off by his mother at Saugus High School in the Los Angeles suburb.
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.
"I was in my first period class, and I hear just these loud bangs. But I, my first instinct is, that's gunshots?" said Saugus High School student Isabella Esser. Esser is a Junior at Saugus.
Authorities say Berhow pulled a gun from his backpack Thursday, shot five students at random and then shot himself in the head. It was his 16th birthday.
The shooting, captured on security video, took 16 seconds and investigators say they still don’t have a motive.