Santa Clarita teen has ‘a lot of guilt’ for not saving victim Dominic Blackwell

A 14-year-old student wounded in the Saugus High School shooting in Southern California says he feels a “lot of guilt” for running for his life instead of to the aid of a mortally wounded classmate.

Andrew Gardetto said a bullet struck him in the leg when the alleged shooter, 16-year-old Nathaniel Berhow, opened fire Thursday morning at the campus in Santa Clarita, new station KTLA reported.

The deadly rampage killed 16-year-old Gracie Muehlberger and Gardetto’s friend, 14-year-old Dominic Blackwell.

“I feel a lot of guilt, because I could have helped Dominic and everyone else there,” Gardetto told the news station. “But I chose to run. I feel really guilty for that.”

Both Gardetto and Blackwell were members of the school’s ROTC organization, the outlet reported.

“The school shooter took away one of my friends,” Gardetto said. “He injured me, he injured many people and he traumatized the entire school and community.”

Gardetto said his life has been “changed completely” since the shooting.

“It’s been a tiring few days,” Gardetto said. “I”m still in pain.”

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