Nathaniel Berhow, the 16-year-old student who killed two classmates and injured three others at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita on Thursday morning, has died from the gunshot wound he inflicted on himself.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Berhow shot himself in the head after shooting at his schoolmates on November 14. He succumbed to his injuries at the hospital just after 3:30 p.m. PT (6:30 ET) the next day, WGN-TV reports.
Authorities have yet to figure out the origin of the weapon and establish a motive behind the tragedy. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told CNN that investigators are looking into his background and checking his social media accounts.
“There’s nothing really that stands out (with the suspect). He wasn’t a loner. Wasn’t socially awkward. Was involved in student activities. Student-athlete,” Villanueva was quoted as saying. “This is kind of out of the blue, shocking pretty much everyone who knew him.”
Berhow, who carried out the shooting on his birthday, reportedly lived with his mother. His mom was with him at the hospital when he died. His father passed away in 2017 of natural causes.
No connection between the shooter and the victims have been established.
The sheriff noted that Berhow did not appear to be after anyone in particular and the victims just happened “to be who was around him, available at the time.”
Two of Behow’s victims, 15-year-old Grace Anne Muehlberger and 14-year-old Dominic Blackwell, died at a hospital, while the three other injured teens are still recovering but are expected to live.