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NEW INFORMATION: Sheriff says teenager planned shooting, claims to have been bullied

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

TAFT, Calif. (AP) -- A sheriff says a 16-year-old student who critically wounded a classmate with a shotgun told investigators he had been bullied by the victim and another student that was targeted.

The shooting happened in Taft, Calif., about 120 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood told reporters the suspect used his brother's shotgun and came to the school with ammunition stuffed in his pockets. The teen is said to be seen on surveillance video attempting to hide the weapon in his clothing as he entered a side entrance at Taft Union High School.

Youngblood says the shooting ended because of the heroics of a teacher and a staffer who talked the teen into putting down the weapon after he wounded the student and shot at others. Students who know the suspect say he is small for his age and had been bullied repeatedly.

The wounded student was flown to a hospital in Bakersfield and was listed in stable but critical condition.
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TAFT, Calif. (NBC) - At least two people were shot at a high school in Taft, Calif., Thursday morning, NBC affiliate KGET of Bakersfield reported, citing a sheriff's department.

The incident happened around 9 a.m. local time and students were evacuated to the football field, KGET reported. The local sheriff's department told KGET that one person was in custody and at least two people were wounded.

KGET reported that at least three ambulances and a medevac helicopter had been sent to the scene.

Taft police told NBC News that they are responding to the situation and the school is on lockdown. Students were evacuated to the football field, KGET reported.

Taft is in California's southern San Joaquin Valley, about 30 miles southwest from Bakersfield.

No other details were immediately available.
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TAFT, Calif. (AP) -- One student has been shot at a high school in Taft, Calif., a community in the southern San Joaquin Valley.

Kern County sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt also says a suspect is in custody and is believed to be a student.

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.

Taft is a community of about 7,000 some 120 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
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TAFT, Calif. (AP) -- A city official says a shooting has been reported at a high school in Taft, Calif., a community in the southern San Joaquin Valley.

City manager's assistant Debra Elliott says the shooting was reported shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday.

No further details are immediately available.


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