"They'll never be the same." That's what a Santa Clarita choir teacher said of her students yesterday after two of their classmates were killed and another three wounded during a 16-second shooting at Saugus High School. The suspect reportedly opened fire with a .45-caliber handgun in a crowded area on what police said was his 16th birthday. He was hospitalized after a self-inflicted gunshot, and no motive has been determined.
What else do you need to know? Thursday's shooting was all the more chilling considering that Santa Clarita, just north of Los Angeles, regularly ranks as one of the country's safest cities.