Saugus High School shootings: What you need to know about Santa Clarita, California

Joshua Bote, USA TODAY

school shooting that erupted Thursday morning took place in the third-most-populated city in Los Angeles County, a city that was once named the third-safest in the USA.    

Two people died after gunfire ripped through Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, a suburb in Southern California. 

Where is Santa Clarita?

Santa Clarita is 30 miles from downtown Los Angeles.

Within Santa Clarita are four unincorporated neighborhoods: Canyon County, Newhall, Valencia and Saugus.

Santa Clarita is perhaps most well-known for being home to Six Flags Magic Mountain, located in the neighborhood of Valencia.

In 2014, Santa Clarita was named the third-safest city to live in America by Parenting Magazine, a statistic that was measured by the rate of violent crime and the number of sex offenders per capita, among other factors.

Last month's Tick Fire, which forced nearly 50,000 to evacuate, broke out near Santa Clarita.

How many people live in Santa Clarita?

Santa Clarita had 210,089 residents as of 2018, according to the U.S. Census.

Its demographics: 48.3% non-Hispanic white, 32.3% Hispanic or Latino, 10.9% Asian, 4.2% black or African American and almost 1% American Indian.

The city's median income is slightly more than $90,000.

What about Saugus High School?

Saugus High School is one of 10 high schools in the William S. Hart Union High School District. It went under lockdown Thursday, along with neighboring middle school Arroyo Seco Junior High. 

In the 2017-2018 school year, Saugus High School had 2,441 students in attendance, per the National Center for Education Statistics.

Its demographics are similar to that of Santa Clarita: 53% non-Hispanic white students, 31.6% Hispanic or Latino students, 7.2% Asian students and almost 2% black or African American students.

Contributing: John Bacon

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Santa Clarita school shooting: What to know about the LA suburb