Santa Clarita high school shooter identified as Nathaniel Berhow

The shooter who opened fire inside a Santa Clarita high school Thursday is a junior at the school who chose his own birthday for the attack, 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, half-American student whose family lives in Valencia, Calif., about two miles from the school.

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

His father, Mark Berhow, died in December 2017 for unknown reasons, according to an obituary.

In 2016, shortly before Mark Berhow died, the shooter’s mom sued him for custody of their children, according to Trellis.

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