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School shooting in CA




Police: Teen shot 1 student, missed another in California high school

  • One student, 16, fired at two students with 12-gauge shotgun, critically wounding one and missing the other at Taft (California) Union High School on Thursday morning, police say
  • Police: Suspect put gun down after teacher and someone else talked to him; wounded student airlifted to hospital

[Updated at 4:46 p.m. ET] Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was wounded in a 2011 shooting during an appearance in her home district in Arizona, made this comment on her Facebook page about Thursday's high school shooting:

"(My husband) Mark and I are saddened by the news out of California. Our thoughts and prayers are with the students and
families of Taft Union High School."

[Updated at 4:28 p.m. ET] U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, released this statement about Thursday morning's shooting:

"Today comes word of another tragic shooting at an American school. I have visited this school over the years-in fact, my own father attended Taft Union.

"At this moment my thoughts and prayers are with the victims, and I wish them a speedy recovery. But how many more shootings must there be in America before we come to the realization that guns and grievances do not belong together?"

[Updated at 3:58 p.m. ET] "What this teacher did was heroic," U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, whose district includes Taft, tells reporters at a news conference there.

[Updated at 3:55 p.m. ET] Classes are expected to resume on Monday, an official said at a news conference in Taft.

[Updated at 3:52 p.m. ET] The teacher apparently was struck in the head by a pellet, but appeared fine, Kern County Sheriff Don Youngblood told reporters.

Besides the student who was shot, a second student  suffering possible hearing damage because the gun was fired close to her  also was taken to a hospital, Youngblood said.

A third student apparently was hurt when he or she "fell over tables" trying to leave the classroom, Youngblood said.

[Updated at 3:41 p.m. ET] The 16-year-old suspect  a student who missed the start of his first class Thursday morning  walked into school in the middle of first period, walked into class and shot a 16-year-old fellow student with a 12-gauge shotgun, Kern County Sheriff Don Youngblood told reporters moments ago.

The shooter then named a second student and fired at that second student, but missed, Youngblood said. The teacher in the class tried to usher students out of the class  there were about 28 students there  and engaged the shooter in conversation, according to Youngblood.

That teacher and another person  a "campus supervisor"  continued to talk to the shooter, and eventually the shooter put the shotgun down, Youngblood said. Police officers then arrested the shooter, Youngblood said.

The student who was shot was taken to a hospital and is in critical condition, according to Youngblood.

 [Updated at 3:07 p.m. ET] Officials are preparing to allow the school's students to leave the property and connect with their parents, many of whom have gathered there, CNN's Kyung Lah reports from the scene.

[Updated at 3:05 p.m. ET] Ray Pruitt of the Kern County Sheriff's Office says he doesn't know whether there was any relationship or connection between the shooter and the victim.

[Updated at 2:35 p.m. ET] U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, a Republican whose district includes Taft, released a statement:

"I am deeply saddened and troubled by news of the shooting," it said. "(My wife) Judy and I offer our prayers to the victims, their families and the entire Taft community."

[Updated at 2:19 p.m. ET] A student shot another student with a shotgun Thursday morning at a Southern California high school, said Ray Pruitt of the Kern County Sheriff's Department.

The shooting happened in the science building at Taft (California) Union High School near Bakersfield, Pruitt said. The wounded student was airlifted to a hospital, and a suspect is in custody, he said.

Earlier, the county's fire department said two people were hurt, though it also said the second injured person had "minor" injuries and refused medical treatment.

Details of what led to the shooting weren't immediately available. Pruitt said he didn't know whether the shooting happened in a classroom. Law enforcement officers were going through the school to "make sure we don't have suspects outstanding," Pruitt said.

Taft is about 25 miles southwest of Bakersfield and 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

[Initial post, 2:03 p.m. ET] Two people are hurt and a suspect is in custody following a shooting Thursday morning at a California high school, officials say.

The shooting happened at Taft (California) High School near Bakersfield, the Kern County Fire Department says. One person was transported to a medical center, and a second person  who is said to have suffered minor injuries refused medical treatment, according to the fire department.

Kern County Sheriff's Department officials were going room-by-room to secure the school, according to CNN affiliate KERO.

Students at the high school "have been evacuated to another area of the campus,"


This is sad and scary. I am glad so far no oneis dead and the one kid pulls through 


Asked by LostSoul88 at 5:08 PM on Jan. 10, 2013 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (8)
  • Again, school shooting, gun FREE zone in a state that is just behind Illinois for having the most strict gun control laws in the nation!

    Answer by Michigan-Mom74 at 6:06 PM on Jan. 10, 2013

  • "At this moment my thoughts and prayers are with the victims, and I wish them a speedy recovery. But how many more shootings must there be in America before we come to the realization that guns and grievances do not belong together?"

    What bullshit. if her thoughts and prayers were with the victims, she wouldn't be commenting at all.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 5:15 PM on Jan. 10, 2013

  • Doesn't Ca. have some of the strictest gun laws?
    How mauch attention are we going to give these people looking for attention?
    How did the student get a shotgun into the school undetected?


    Answer by Dardenella at 7:58 PM on Jan. 10, 2013

  • This will happen because of the media attention. The sickos who crave attention are all over this.

    Answer by m-avi at 5:09 PM on Jan. 10, 2013

  • ^^^
    How did the student get a shotgun into the school undetected?


    Answer by virginiamama71 at 9:38 PM on Jan. 10, 2013

  • it's going to keep happening.

    Answer by jeanclaudia at 7:57 PM on Jan. 10, 2013

  • Actually, that school normally has an armed cop on campus. He didn't make it there today because of snow (yes, we get it in CA).

    Answer by gdiamante at 12:36 AM on Jan. 11, 2013

  • So scary.

    Answer by booklover545 at 9:14 PM on Jan. 11, 2013

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