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A Kern County Sheriff's Office patrol vehicle.
UPDATE 1:04 p.m.: A 16-year-old student armed with a shotgun walked into class in a rural California high school on Thursday and shot one student, fired at another but missed, and then was talked into surrendering by a teacher and another staff member, officials said.
Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood revealed new details about the shooting Thursday morning at Taft Union High School in the San Joaquin Valley that left one student in critical, but stable condition.
Officials said there's usually an armed officer on campus, but the person wasn't there because he was snowed in. Taft police officers arrived within 60 seconds of first reports, according to the Associated Press.
Here's Youngblood's account:
A student missed class, showed up later and began firing with a shotgun. A 16-year old student was hit and flown to a hospital in Bakersfield and is in critical condition. The shooter (another 16-year old student) then called a third student by name, fired again, but missed, Youngblood said.
The teacher engaged the student with the shotgun in conversation while trying to get the remainder of the students out. The student – who had numerous rounds in his pocket – eventually put down the weapon after talking to the teacher and another school employee, identified as a campus supervisor, the sheriff said. He was then taken into custody.
The teacher was hit in the head with a pellet from a shotgun round, but he declined to be taken to the hospital.
Another student suffered possible hearing damage because the gun was fired at close range near her.
UPDATE 10:37 a.m.: One student has been shot at a high school in Taft, and a suspect – believed to be a student – is in custody, said Kern County sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt.
The shooting was reported at Taft Union High School around 9 a.m. Thursday.
The sheriff's spokesman says the wounded student was flown to a hospital in Bakersfield.
Pruitt says it's believed a shotgun was used in the attack.
PREVIOUSLY: A Kern County sheriff's spokesman says one student has been shot at a high school in Taft, and the suspect is in custody.
City manager's assistant Debra Elliott says the shooting was reported about 9 a.m. Thursday at Taft High School in the community in the southern San Joaquin Valley.
The Bakersfield Californian reports that at least one person was taken to a hospital by helicopter and deputies were were evacuating classrooms and buildings while conducting room-to-room searches.
We will update this story as more information becomes available. Below is a satellite view of the campus.
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