Sheriff Says Nathaniel Berhow Used 'Ghost Gun' in Saugus High School Shooting

Hit list seized as police arrest student accused of planning school shooting

Suspect Arrested for Alleged School Threat; Gun, Ammo, Hit List Seized

The school in question was identified as Animo Mae Jemison Charter Middle School, located in southern Los Angeles.

A 13-year-old student and an adult family member have been arrested in connection with a serious threat against a South Los Angeles middle school, and an AR-15 assault rifle and a list of targeted students have been seized, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Friday.

Authorities also found "silencers and body armor in what was described by authorities as an averted school shooting", NBC Los Angeles reported.

The 13-year-old's alleged threats came to light when other students overheard him talking about gunning down his schoolmates, according to police. In a previous tweet, Sheriff Tim Murakami referred to the capture of a "ghost gun", but Villanueva clarified that the weapon in the threat case has a serial number.

More details are expected to be released about the arrest at a news conference set for 11:30 a.m., the department said.

The arrest comes a week after police and witnesses said a 16-year-old boy opened fire on his classmates at Saugus High School, spreading panic throughout the Santa Clarita campus and surrounding neighborhoods.

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The boy was arrested without incident at his home on suspicion of making criminal threats, the sheriff said. Police also took a relative of the accused student into custody.

Villanueva praised school officials for quickly alerting authorities and said the fact that people shared what they heard with law enforcement had prevented a tragedy. Bob Boese said. The man, who was not recognized, was held on $35,000 bail, he said.

The sheriff said the boy acknowledged posting threats along with pictures of a teen with a gun. No weapon was obtained in the case.

Villanueva said Thursday that Nathaniel Berhow's.45 caliber, 1911-model replica semi-automatic pistol was assembled from gun parts and did not have a serial number.

An AR-15 rifle, ammunition and a list of intended targets were seized as part of the investigation into the school shooting threat, NBC LA reported.

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