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Women embrace in Central Park after a shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California on Nov. 14, 2019. (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)

Two people were killed and several others were injured Thursday during a shooting at a Southern California high school and the student gunman was in custody, authorities said.

The shooting occurred around 7:30 a.m. at Saugus High School in the city of Santa Clarita, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital tweeted that one female patient was dead, two males were in critical condition and one male was in good condition.

It was unclear if there were any other injured. Initial reports fluctuated as high as six.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva tweeted that the suspect was in custody and was being treated at a hospital. He said the suspect was a student but gave no further information.

Television images showed deputies swarming the school and several people being moved on gurneys.

Lines of students were escorted from the school by armed deputies.

White House spokesman Judd Deere said President Donald Trump was monitoring the reports.

Saugus High School and other schools in the area were locked down.

In this photo from video provided by KTLA-TV paramedics transport an injured person after a shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, Calif., early Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. (KTLA-TV via AP)

Student Sharon Orelana Cordova told KNBC-TV she hid under a table in a nurse’s office until officers came to get her.

“When I got out I saw this person lying on the ground ... with blood all over,” she said.

Freshman Rosie Rodriguez was walking up the library stairs when she heard noises that “sounded like balloons” popping. When she saw other students running, she realized they were gunshots.

Still carrying a backpack laden with books, she ran across the street to a home, where a person she didn’t know gave shelter to her and about 10 other students.

During the more than hour they were there, students including Rodriguez called their families and texted with friends. Nobody in the house saw what happened directly.

“I just heard a lot of kids crying. We were scared,” Rodriguez said.

On a normal day, Rodriguez said, Saugus High School felt very safe.

“We never really thought this would happen in our school,” she said.

Student Mason Peters told KCAL-TV his class heard a “distinctive sound” outside.

“And so my teacher quickly sprang to his feet, got up, locked the door, asking the students to get the keys,” he said. “And so we like reinforced it, turned off all the lights and then we got a bunch of desks and stuff and reinforced the doors. And we all just like stayed hidden.” (AP)

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First responders standby for any injured students after a gunman opened fire at Saugus High School on Nov. 14, 2019, in Santa Clarita, Calif. (Photo: Christian Monterrosa/AP)
Students line up after a shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California on Nov. 14, 2019. (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)
Students are comforted as they wait to be reunited with their parents following a shooting at Saugus High School that injured several people, Nov. 14, 2019, in Santa Clarita, Calif. (Photo: Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP)
Students line up after a shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California on Nov. 14, 2019. (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)
A member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department stands outside of Saugus High School with his weapon drawn after reports of a shooting on Nov. 14, 2019, in Santa Clarita, Calif. (Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Students are escorted outside of Saugus High School after reports of a shooting on Nov. 14, 2019, in Santa Clarita, Calif. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva tweeted that the suspect was in custody and was being treated at a hospital. He said the suspect was a student but gave no further information. (Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
A student is escorted out of Saugus High School after reports of a shooting on Nov. 14, 2019, in Santa Clarita, Calif. (Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Students are escorted out of Saugus High School as some parents join them after reports of a shooting on Nov. 14, 2019, in Santa Clarita, Calif. (Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Students evacuate their campus after a gunman opened fire at Saugus High School on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Santa Clarita, Calif. (Photo: Christian Monterrosa/AP)
First responders standby for any injured students after a gunman opened fire at Saugus High School, Nov. 14, 2019, in Santa Clarita, Calif. (Photo: Christian Monterrosa/AP)
Law enforcement personnel walk with their weapons drawn outside of Saugus High School after reports of a shooting on Nov. 14, 2019, in Santa Clarita, Calif. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva tweeted that the suspect was in custody and was being treated at a hospital. He said the suspect was a student but gave no further information. (Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Students evacuate their campus after a gunman opened fire at Saugus High School on Nov. 14, 2019, in Santa Clarita, Calif. (Photo: Christian Monterrosa/AP)
Students are escorted out of Saugus High School after reports of a shooting on Nov. 14, 2019, in Santa Clarita, Calif. (Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
A man embraces his daughter after picking her up at Central Park, after a shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, Calif. on Nov. 14, 2019. (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)
A parent waits outside of Saugus high after a shooting occurred around 7:30 at Saugus high in Santa Clarita, Calif., Nov. 14, 2019. (Photo: David Crane/MediaNews Group/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images)
A an unattended thermos and a backpack on the ground at Saugus High School after a school shooting occurred Nov. 14, 2019. (Photo: Hans Gutknecht/MediaNews Group/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images)
Parents wait for children to be released at Highlands Elementary near Saugus High School where a shooting occurred Nov. 14, 2019. (Photo: Hans Gutknecht/MediaNews Group/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images)
A first responders at Saugus High School after a school shooting occurred, Nov. 14, 2019. (Photo: Hans Gutknecht/MediaNews Group/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images)
D.J. Hamburger, center in blue, a teacher at Saugus High School, comforts a student after reports of a shooting at the school on Nov. 14, 2019, in Santa Clarita, Calif. (Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Students are escorted out of Saugus High School after reports of a shooting on Nov. 14, 2019, in Santa Clarita, Calif. (Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Law enforcement personnel gather outside Saugus High School following a shooting in Santa Clarita, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Stefanie Dazio)
Students and others wait outside a reunification center in Santa Clarita, Calif., after a shooting at Saugus High School injured several people, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Stefanie Dazio)
A police officer stands guard as students wait to reunite with their parents following a shooting at Saugus High School that injured several people, Nov. 14, 2019, in Santa Clarita, Calif. (Photo: Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP)
People are lead out of Saugus High School after reports of a shooting on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 in Santa Clarita, Calif. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says on Twitter that deputies are responding to the high school about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of downtown Los Angeles. The sheriff’s office says a male suspect in black clothing was seen at the school. (KTTV-TV via AP)
People wait for students and updates outside of Saugus High School after reports of a shooting on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Santa Clarita, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Ambulances are parked outside of Saugus High School after reports of a shooting on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 in Santa Clarita, Calif. A few people were injured Thursday during a shooting at the high school, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of downtown Los Angeles, and a search was underway for the gunman, authorities said. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Police search a home in connection with shooting at Saugus High School after reports of a shooting on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 in Santa Clarita, Calif. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva tweeted that the suspect was in custody and was being treated at a hospital. He said the suspect was a student but gave no further information. (KTTV-TV via AP)

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