SANTA CLARITA, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 14: Students are evacuated from Saugus High School onto a school bus after a shooting at the school left two students dead and three wounded in Santa Clarita, California. A suspect in the shooting is being treated at a local hospital for a gunshot wound to the head.   Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP
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SANTA CLARITA, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 14: Students are evacuated from Saugus High School onto a school bus after a shooting at the school left two students dead and three wounded in Santa Clarita, California. A suspect in the shooting is being treated at a local hospital for a gunshot wound to the head. Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==

Washington: Two students were killed and three others sustained injuries after a teenager opened fire at his classmates before shooting himself at a high school in southern California on Thursday, authorities said.

The suspected gunman, who turned 16 on the day of the incident, survived the self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head, but is in critical condition, CNN quoted Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva as saying.

The deceased victims have been identified as a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy. The three other wounded are undergoing treatment at a hospital.

The incident occurred at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita city, located about 40 kilometres from Los Angeles. The suspect has been identified as Nathaniel Berhow, confirmed CNN. He used a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol to carry out the shooting.

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