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Santa Clarita high school shooter identified as Nathaniel Berhow



An image emerged on Thursday night of the junior who chose his own birthday to open fire inside a Santa Clarita high school, authorities said.
The 16-year-old — identified by CBS as Nathaniel Berhow — allegedly stormed into Saugus High School just before classes began Thursday and killed two students and injured at least three others with a .45 caliber semi automatic pistol before turning the gun on himself, police said.
Berhow survived the self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head and is currently in “grave condition,” which means he is critical and clinging to life, at an area hospital, cops said.
He is a half-Japanese student whose family lives in Valencia, California, about two miles from the school.
One classmate described Berhow as a “quiet kid” to the Los Angeles Times.
“I would have never expected anything like this,” Brooke Hougo, 18, told the paper. “He was just a quiet kid.”
A photo of Berhow fits Hougo’s description — showing the baby-faced and shy-looking suspect smirking for the camera.
While a sophomore at Saugus, Berhow ran track and field for the school and competed in the 800-meter and 1600 meter races, according to stats on Athletic.net.
His father, Mark Berhow, died in December 2017 from a heart attack but a “history of chronic alcoholism” contributed to his death, the Los Angeles County Coroners Office told The Post.
Two years before that, the father had been arrested amid a domestic dispute with the boy’s mother.
In 2016, shortly before Mark Berhow died, the shooter’s mom sued him for custody of their children, according to Trellis.
“A quiet, to-himself kid,” said Ryan McCracken, a 20-year-old next-door neighbor.
When McCracken was younger, he said they played together, sometimes in boy’s backyard tree house.
“You wouldn’t expect anything like that from him.”

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