TAFT – There was a school shooting around 9 a.m. Thursday morning in Taft, California – a small community located about 30 miles southwest of Bakersfield in Kern County.
One student was shot in the Science Building at Taft High School, according to news release from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office.
That student was airlifted to Bakersfield hospital.
The shooting suspect, who is also a student at the high school, was taken into custody, and a weapon was recovered, according to the news release.
Taft Police, Kern County Sheriff SWAT, the California Highway Patrol and the FBI were called in to evacuate and secure the school, according to a local newspaper’s website.
Officials have not released the identities of the victim or the suspect in the shooting, and will be giving more information at a press conference later today.
Congressman Kevin McCarthy, whose district includes Taft, released a statement regarding the incident:
“I am deeply saddened and troubled by news of the shooting. Judy and I offer our prayers to the victims, their families and the entire Taft community,” the statement reads.
More information about the shooting is available at www.taftmidwaydriller.com, the community newspaper’s website.
Information on the shooting can also be found at the New York Daily News.