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Reports: Two Hurt, One Suspect In Custody After Shooting At Calif. School

Filed by KOSU News in US News.
January 10, 2013

There was a shooting incident at a high school in Taft, Calif., this morning. Now that many reports have come in from the scene, it appears that two people were injured and one shooter has been taken into custody.

It happened at Taft Union High School, as NBC4 reports. The local KGET-TV writes that “Kern County Fire officials say one victim received only minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene, the other person was airlifted to Kern Medical Center with unknown injuries.”

Just after 1:30 p.m. ET, KABC-TV was reporting that the Kern County Sheriff’s Department says officers “are going room by room to secure the school. There were reportedly people still hiding in closets at the school.”

The news broke right as Vice President Biden was giving an update on the work his task force on gun violence is doing. He was tasked with developing “concrete proposals” on reducing gun violence after the Dec. 14 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Taft is about 120 miles north of Los Angeles.

We’ll watch for more on this story. Keep in mind: When news like this happens, there are often conflicting accounts in the early stages of reporting. We’re focusing on information from those in authority and news outlets at the scene.

Update at 2:15 p.m. ET. Student And Teacher Injured:

It’s now thought that one student was shot and injured, KGET-TV now reports, and a teacher was hurt. The station says it has been told by the Kern County sheriff that the weapon was a shotgun, the gunman is believed to have been a student and that the incident happened in a classroom. The injured student’s injuries are not thought to be life-threatening, the sheriff has also told the station. The teacher is apparently the person who declined treatment. [Copyright 2013 National Public Radio]

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