Flowers are placed in front of Saugus High School in the aftermath of a shooting on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Santa Clarita, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Huddled in locker room after shooting, team relied on texts

November 14, 2019 - 9:40 pm

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — A basketball team huddled in a stinky locker room after a school shooting as they waited for word that it was safe and feared a gunman might burst through the doors.

The junior varsity team relied on text messages for news about what was going on Thursday at a Southern California high school. But information wasn’t fully reliable.

Authorities say a student opened fire at Saugus High School, killing two students and wounding three others before shooting himself in the head on his 16th birthday.

Basketball player Noah Sanchez, son of Marcio Sanchez, an Associated Press photographer, says the locker room smelled foul, but time passed quickly before sheriff’s deputies escorted the boys back into the gym and released them to meet their parents.

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Melley reported from Los Angeles.

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