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article imageUPDATED: California school shooting leaves two injured

By Greta McClain     Jan 10, 2013 in Crime
Taft - As Vice President Joe Biden was speaking with members of the National Rifle Association about potential new gun laws, news of a school shooting in California began to surface.
The shooting occurred at Taft Union High School at approximately 9:00 a.m. PST. The school, located in Taft, California, is roughly 120 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
Initial reports are that a student entered the school armed with a shotgun, shooting one student and a teacher. Kern County Sheriff's Department spokesman, Ray Pruitt, stated that the student had to be flown to a hospital in Bakersfield, CA. for treatment. He went on to say that the alleged shooter is in custody.
23ABC News said they began getting phone calls from people inside the school advising that there was someone shooting in the school and that many people were hiding in closets.
According to the Kern County Fire Department's Facebook page, the teacher who was shot suffered "minor" injuries and refused medical treatment. All schools in the area have been placed on lockdown, while students at the high school have been evacuated to another part of the school's campus.
UPDATED 5:07 CST
During a news conference, Kern County Sheriff, Donny Youngblood, stated that the alleged shooter is a 16-year-old male who is confirmed to be a student at Taft High School. According to Youngblood, the suspect walked into his first period science class armed with a 12 gauge shotgun and several rounds of ammunition. The suspect shot one student and turned to fire at another before the teacher intervened. Youngblood credits the teacher, who received minor injuries, with being able to talk the suspect into relinquishing his weapon before firing on any additional students.
The Kern County chapter of the American Red Cross responded to the scene, as well as a team of mental heath volunteers.
The school will be closed Friday while law enforcement officials continue their investigation and process the crime scene.
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