TAFT, Calif. — A high school student was shot and wounded at a rural San Joaquin Valley high school Thursday, another student was arrested & taken into custody, officials said.
The incident occurred around 9 a.m. at Taft Union High School, a town of fewer than 10,000 people nestled among oil and natural gas production fields about 120 miles northwest of Los Angles CA.
The student who was wounded 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.
Pruitt said the suspect is a student, and a shotgun was used in the shooting.
Kern County Fire Department Eric Coughran told KBAK-TV that another person suffered some injuries in the incident but refused medical attention.
KERO-TV Bakersfield reported that the station received calls from people inside the school who hid in closets.
It was not immediately clear how many students were enrolled at the high school, which teaches 9th through 12th grades.
The Taft shooting came less than a 30 days after a gunman killed 20 children and six women at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., then shot himself.
That shooting prompted President Barack Obama to promise new efforts to curb gun violence. Vice President Joe Biden, who was placed in charge of the initiative, said Tuesday in Washington, D.C., that he would deliver new policy proposals to the president by next week.