California school shooting hits close to home for Rochester natives

Created: November 15, 2019 06:37 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The latest deadly school shooting happened thousands of miles away in Southern California, but Rochester natives were on the school campus as bullets rang out.

Authorities say it took the gunman just 16 seconds to pull out his weapon, shoot five classmates, and turn the gun on himself at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, a Los Angeles suburb.


Kate Menz and her husband are from the Rochester area and now live in Santa Clarita. She shared her emotional Facebook post with News10NBC.

"Today was a terrifying day, but we are so lucky to live in a community of people that support one another and ESPECIALLY in a district where teachers are well trained in crisis management and the law enforcement responded with such seriousness to keep our kids safe," Menz wrote. "The police and sheriff response was amazing."

The shooting was next to the elementary school where Menz's kids go to school. 

"I heard this morning about the shootings, and that a shooter had escaped and run up the hill and was on the campus of my kids elementary school," Menz added. "I got to hug a few kids that witnessed the shooting, and I am forever changed by that. "So many prayers are needed."

The two students killed were identified as a 14-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl. Two other victims are in the hospital; another teen was treated and released.

Multiple law enforcement sources NBC Los Angeles that the shooter, identified as Nathaniel Berhow, is brain dead and not expected to recover. Thursday was his 16th birthday.

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