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Student Opens Fire at Calif. High School

January 10, 2013  | 

A student opened fire with a shotgun Thursday morning at a rural California high school, injuring two before he was taken into custody.

One person received minor injuries and refused medical attention while the other, a student, was airlifted to a local hospital, reports

The alleged shooter, also a student, has been taken into custody by the Kern County Sheriff's Office, and is believed to be a student, reports the Associated Press.

The incident occurred around 9 a.m. at Taft Union High School, and the suspect was in custody by 9:20 a.m., reports KQED News. Local Sheriffs deputies are going room-by-room to secure the school.

Students were evacuated to the football field. A shotgun was recovered from the scene.

Comments (8)

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Chuck @ 1/10/2013 3:06 PM

It is not the firearm, weapon or whatever else you want to call teh inanimate piece of metal and wood. it is the fact that there is no accountability, no punishment that fits the crime, and no help for those out in the world that really need the mental health help.

Tom Ret @ 1/10/2013 4:14 PM

I heard that the shooter had 20 rounds in his pocket. Calif will probably come out with a law limiting pocket carry to 10 rounds.

Bernie @ 1/10/2013 6:48 PM

Obama will sign an executive order requiring all pants pockets to be sized to allow only 10 12ga shells or less.

Dennis @ 1/10/2013 8:25 PM

I say strip em all down before they hit the place to hide weapons or rounds!!! On the other hand, what a distraction that would be ;-)

FireCop @ 1/11/2013 4:53 AM

We must push for maximum penalties when we have crimes resulting from this type of behavior. And if this is a juvenile, he must not be handled with kid gloves and then set free when he turns 17. We are losing control of our youth and need to start offering serious consequences for serious acts. One item that was not mentioned in this article is how was this shooter stopped? Was there an SRO on site who handled the situation or was it school staff? Stay safe.

Tom @ 1/11/2013 6:04 AM

It is my understanding that students were posting comments on Twitter that they were afraid that the suspect student was going to shoot up the school. Apparently one of the student approached the vice principal and told him or her about this student. It sounds as if this shooting could have been prevented?

JJ @ 1/12/2013 12:14 PM

Where are they getting these guns? To do this stuff?

Doug @ 1/12/2013 4:36 PM

When I was in middle school in the late 1980's the kids didn't need guns. They just beat the snot out of you and left you for dead. The mental defect that leads another to hurt or kill another is not limited by the instrument they choose. In another community in my state a man beat his drinking buddy to death with a bat. Don't waste time asking where they get guns...ask yourself the bigger question of how do you protect against these people who want to hurt or kill another...regardless of the instrument.

Several years ago we had a minister kill his wife in the tub...poisoned her and made it look like she drown.

Maybe we should outlaw baseball, bathtubs, and steak knifes. The media makes this about guns...they don't spend much time on a DV victim who is choked to death...not juicy enough because you can't outlaw or protest "hands" very well.

I've been a cop for 21 years one thing has never changed...the guilty mind of a criminal and that decision to inflict that punishment.

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