Panic in southern california after another deadly school shooting!
Here's a look at the scene from saugus high school -- where police say a student opened fire on his classmates before shooting himself.
He is at a hospital - we're told - in grave condition.
The sheriff's office is investigating every student at the school as investigators work to piece together a motive.... thanks for joining us -- i'm dan shaffer.
And i'm najahe sherman.
Here's what we know right now about the shooting... the los angeles county sheriff's office says two students died in the shooting.
One was a 14- year-old boy ... the other was a 16- year- old girl.
Their names haven't been released.
The hospital has a news conference scheduled for 2 hours from now.
3 other students were also shot.
Authorities said the student suspect used a .45-caliber handgun.
He used his last bullet to shoot himself... and is now in grave condition.
Today was his 16th birthday.
Right now -- investigators have not determined a motive.
Today was another reminder that nightmare's like this can happen anytime -- and anywhere.
One student said it was surreal to experience a shooting at her own school.
Everyday you see another news report of unfamiliar high school kids shot school shooting its kind of a mix of it will never happen to me and it will never happen to me and we have drills all the time of threats and we lock down and this time this lockdown was real.
Anytime there's a school shooting, administrators here in north alabama examine their own safety measures.
Waay 31s sierra phillips is live in marshall county to show us some new ways students are being protected this year.
Take a look at one of those take a look at one of those safety measures in place right now.
On each door here at the marshall county technical school there are warnings telling visitors they must check in at the front office and, a reminder--- no guns on campus.
But in a matter of weeks ... these warnings will have more muscle when the district starts hiring school resource officers.
Wigley- "its our worst nightmare...it is absolutely."
That's what dr. cindy wigley told me was one of her first thoughts when she learned about thursday morning's deadly school shooting in california.
The marshall county superintendent shared the same feeling with parents, who tell me it makes them think about their own children.
Thompson- "is she safe?
Is the steps that we are taking as a school and as a system good enough?"
This year the marshall county district has taken steps to make schools safer.
County commissioners approved a new car tag fee to fund resource officers in every school.
Right now, 3 part-time officers rotate throughout the district.
Thompson- "i think that's gonna help, i think that's steps in the right direction."
The district also ordered about 20 new buses with hd cameras.
The former buses only had one camera at the front.
This year, they've increased free mental health services.
Counselors now head to schools multiple times a week to talk with students.
And the district has added new software to flag when students are researching dangerous keywords school computers.
Wigley- "safety is our number one thing and every day that is our focus...making sure our children are safe."
The district is looking to hire 14 school resources officers.
They'll start that in january, when the car tag fee goes into effect.
Reporting live in marshall county sierra phillips waay31 news.
At least one other district in north alabama is making major safety upgrades.
Dekalb county schools are adding security cameras that can connect directly to the sheriff's office.
Every employee will have individualized key cards -- and blast-proof, bullet-proof glass is being nstalled!
Those upgrades will be in effect for the next semester starting in january.
Huntsville city schools are also taking an active role in safety on campuses.
A spokesman told waay 31 - school safety expert - michael dorn - hosted a workshop with principals last year.
He's written dozens of books on the topic... the district says they have more resources than others because of layers of security - including personnel and technology like high resolution cameras.
The spokesman also said schools have mandatory monthly drills.
Firearms are prohibited at all huntsville city schools.
School policy says penalties for students who break the rules are determined on a case-by-case basis.
In addition to criminal charges, students can be expelled for a year.
If that happens -- some can to attend alternative schools or education programs. other people who bring firearms to school may be denied re-entry to school property.
There's also a renewed focus on school safety in limestone county -- after deputies arrested a woman for pulling a gun out in the school parking lot!
The limestone county sheriff's office says this woman -- lakresha cosby -- pointed a gun at a parent's head and threatened to kill them!
Waay 31 will provide you with team coverage of school safety in our 5 p-m newscast.
We take a closer look at what limestone county schools are doing to improve security after this incident.
We also examine mental health services for students in north alabama.
Waay 31 is staying on top of this story and will give you the latest updates as we get them.
To find the most recent information on the santa clarita school shooting, go to our website waay tv dot com.
You can also find our past stories on school safety and security... and what local schools are doing to keep your children safe.
Skies are gray across north alabama -- but the region stayed mostly dry today.
This is a look from our waay 31 weather camera network over huntsville.
Chief meteorologist kate mckenna is in the stormtracker weather center with a look at whether we should keep the umbrellas handy tonight.
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New information on the murder case involving a huntsville police officer.
Prosecutors and defense have until tomorrow evening to respond to the city's motion to quash.
A madison county judge approved the deadline for 5 p-m friday.
The city filed the motion last friday -- asking a judge to block a subpoena seeking police records.
It says turning over officer william darby's answers to internal affairs would violate his 5th amendment rights... and could impact future internal affairs investigations.
New details on a violent home invasion in morgan county... the victim had reconstructive facial surgery overnight.
Doctors had to put plates in his cheek, head and nose.
The attack happened at a home on apple grove road in the union hill community.
So far no arrests have been made.
A new state grant will provide millions of dollars in improvements to outdoor recreation facilities across the state -- including right here in north alabama!
$2.6 million is being awarded to enhance 12 recreation facilities.
They include safety improvements for ditto landing in huntsville -- an outoor learning center for anderson town park in lauderdale county -- and new tennis courts for the town park in rogersville.
More than $350-thousand dollars will go to the north alabama projects.
The limestone county sheriff's office said the clock is ticking for the owner of the nearly 2 dozen goats found wandering the roads in limestone county to come forward.
The goats were found running along "new cut road" near blackburn road on friday.
Waay 31's sydney martin found out what's next if the goats' owner doesn't show up in the next 24 hours.
Syd "these are just some of the 22 goats limestone county animal control found last friday.
They're still looking for the owner and if they don't come forward soon they could go to a new home."
Stephen young, limestone co sheriffs office, "it's hard to imagine someone wouldn't miss this many goats" limestone county sheriff spokesman stephen young told me time is running out for the owner of these 22 goats to claim them.
Roger weldon, lives in limestone co "i pulled up in the parking lot just as they were getting out down there and they had a big traffic jam right down the road here.
Roger weldon told me he was at the gas station close to where the goats someone?
Found last friday.
The chaos backed traffic up and weldon is surprised their owner hasn't come forward..
Roger weldon, lives in limestone co "goats are expensive and there are certain types of goats that are real expensive" the sheriff's office is caring for them at their rodeo site in the meantime..and purchased goat feed, hay, and is filling up water for them daily..
Young told me some of the goats had to be separated because they weren't getting along... "most of them are pretty friendly.
The rest of them stand back and watch" weldon said if the owner doesn't want them..he'd be happy to take all 22 home.
"he either steps up quick or i got a farm and i can go get em."
In limestone county sm waay 31 news.
If you know who the goats belong to - or if you are the owner - contact the limestone county sheriff's office.
They will be gone after tomorrow.
Both public and closed door hearings on the house committees impeachment inquiry pick up tomorrow... see how democrats and republicans are getting ready for round two.
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