Taft High School Shooting: Student Wounded in California, Suspect in Custody

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A Taft, Calif., H.S. student was shot and wounded at a San Joaquin Valley high school this morning and a suspect was taken into custody, officials said.

The shooting reportedly occurred about 9 a.m. at Taft High School, an oil and agricultural community about 120 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

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The student who was shot and injured was flown to a hospital in Bakersfield, said Ray Pruitt, spokesman for the Kern County Sheriff’s Department.

There was no immediate word on the victim’s condition.

“We have a suspect in custody,” Pruitt said, adding that the person was believed to be a student; Pruitt said it’s believed a shotgun was used in the attack.

KERO-TV Bakersfield reported that the police station received several phone calls from people inside the school who hid in closets during the attack.

It was not immediately clear how many students are enrolled at the high school, which teaches grades 9-12, or if any other casualties were reported.

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