16-Year-Old Critically Injured in California School Shooting, Student in Custody

UPDATE 3:55 p.m. EST: Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood confirmed in a news conference that the injured student, a 16 year old, is in critical but stable condition. The shooter was talked down by a teacher and school administrator. The shooter apparently had "numerous" rounds in a pocket.

The other person injured, a teacher, was hit in the head by a pellet.

Officials say someone opened fire at Taft High School in Kern County, California this morning around 9:00 a.m. PST, shooting two people, one was a student. One person—the student—was airlifted to a nearby hospital, while another denied medical treatment on the scene.

The AP reports the shooter, who is believed to have been a student at Taft High, was taken into police custody about 20 minutes after the shooting began. Officials believe the student was using a shotgun.

Taft High School's website claims it employs a Kern County Sheriff's deputy to patrol the campus at all times.

Taft is a city of about 9,000 located in California's San Joaquin Valley about 30 miles southwest of Bakersfield and about 120 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

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