California school shooting: Student shoots student with shotgun at Taft High School near Bakersfield

Posted at 2:47 PM, Jan 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-10 16:49:28-05

Parents and students wait outside Taft High School following a shooting Thursday

(CNN) — A student shot another student with a shotgun Thursday morning at a California high school, said Ray Pruitt of the Kern County Sheriff’s Department.

The shooting happened in the science building at Taft High School near Bakersfield, Pruitt said. The wounded student was airlifted to a hospital, and a suspect is in custody, he said.RivingtonKids

Earlier, the county’s fire department said two people were hurt, though it also said the second injured person had “minor” injuries and refused medical treatment.


Details of what led to the shooting weren’t immediately available. Pruitt said he didn’t know whether the shooting happened in a classroom. Law enforcement officers were going through the school to “make sure there no suspects outstanding,” Pruitt said.TaftSchool

Taft is about 25 miles southwest of Bakersfield and 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, a Republican whose district includes Taft, released a statement:

“I am deeply saddened and troubled by news of the shooting,” it said. “(My wife) Judy and I offer our prayers to the victims, their families and the entire Taft community.”