UPDATE (4:18PM ET): Below is the main portions of the press conference from Sheriff Donny Youngblood on what actually occurred. In short, the shooter, a 16-year-old male, had intended targets when he opened fire with a 12-gauge shotgun in the classroom. One of his targets is now in critical condition and the other target he tried to shoot but missed. He did hit the teacher but apparently the teacher’s wounds are minor. The teacher and a resource officer, both unarmed, either talked the student down to the point that he released his weapon or somehow managed to take it from him. It’s not entirely clear but the Sheriff said he was ‘talked down’.
Normally there is an armed officer at the school however today he couldn’t get to the school because he was snowed in. The press was asking about a supposed hit list this student had last year and was suspended for it. One member of the press says they’ve heard this from several parents in this tight-knit community that this student was suspended for having a hit-list, but no official could confirm this yet.
Here’s the press conference:
UPDATE (2:25PM ET): Local News reporting from the scene. It runs for about 10 minutes:
Also, note from the report above that one of the students who was in the classroom called her mother and told her the shooter shot one of her friends and a teacher. The shooter also shouted a couple of phrases, but until that’s confirmed the media isn’t releasing what the shooter said.
Here we go again:
FOX NEWS – DEVELOPING: At least two people were shot at a high school in Taft, Calif., Thursday morning and the shooter was taken into custody, local reports say.
Taft is a city west of Bakersfield.
Here’s more info from 23ABC News in Bakersfield:
TAFT, Calif. – Officials have said that at least two people were shot at Taft High School.
The shooting happened at about 9 a.m., and reports indicate that at least two people were shot.
The shooter was taken into custody at about 9:20 a.m.
23ABC news received phone calls from people inside the school who were hiding in closets.
Kern County Sheriff’s Department officials are going room-by-room to secure the school.
Reports indicate that the first person shot was airlifted to an area hospital and the second person denied medical treatment.
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