One student critically wounded in California school shooting

Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:19pm EST

1 of 4. People look at police tape outside Taft Union High School after a shooting incident in Taft, California January 10, 2013.

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(Reuters) - A student armed with a shotgun opened fire at a California high school on Thursday, critically wounding a fellow student before two adult staff members talked the boy into giving up his weapon, and he was arrested, authorities said.

The shooting comes less than four weeks after a December rampage at a Connecticut elementary school where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults in an attack that shocked the nation and has fueled a heated national debate over gun control.

The latest shooting unfolded Thursday morning at Taft Union High School in the Kern County town of Taft, about 30 miles southwest of Bakersfield and about 100 miles north of downtown Los Angeles

One student critically wounded by gunfire was airlifted to a nearby hospital, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said.

A second student received minor injuries while falling over a table trying the flee the classroom, and a third student was taken to a hospital complaining of hearing loss from the sound of a gun blast, Youngblood said.

The lone suspect, a 16-year-old male student, was arrested after a teacher and a school administrator who confronted him persuaded the boy to put his gun down, Youngblood told a televised news conference.

His identity was not immediately released, but police said the suspect apparently had a disagreement with the student who was critically injured.

Sheriff's deputies called to the scene went room-by-room to secure the school, and television news images showed students lined up on the sidewalk outside the school, with parents stopped in cars to pick them up.

(Additional reporting by Tim Gaynor; Writing By Cynthia Johnston; Editing by Paul Thomasch and Carol Bishopric)

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Comments (19)
Jameson4Lunch wrote:
But I thought CA had an assault rifle ban? How could this possibly happen?

Jan 10, 2013 1:07pm EST  --  Report as abuse
randburg100 wrote:
Just remember folks….it’s his constitutional right to trot around with an arsenal..if he’s completely insane, that’s his right too…you guys asked & you received.

Oh & for the record….I’m in the UK..not a Republican or Democrat or Tea Party or mormon or moron or scientologist or islamic fruit cake…..

Jan 10, 2013 1:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Whys333 wrote:
Damn it. God damn it.

Stop the culture of violence that pervades our society! Stop the bullying in our public schools. Stop marketing grossly violent video games to children. Start providing adequate student counseling. Start providing adequate psychological services to those in need. We need early detection of individuals with violent ideologies. There are other countries that manage to do all these things. And If Apple thinks it need the protection of a security guard in every store, then why not a ‘good guy with a gun’ in every school? Are our children’s lives less valuable than our devices?

Damn it.

Jan 10, 2013 1:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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