Police in Taft say at least 2 people were injured in a school shooting; Gunman arrested

Shooting at Taft Union HS; 120 miles NW of LA

TAFT, Calif. - Authorities said that at least two people were shot at Taft High School Thursday and the shooter has been arrested.

The shooting occurred around 9 a.m. at Taft Union High School, an oil and agricultural community about 120 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

According to investigators, the shooting took place in the Science Building at the school.

The student who was shot was flown to a hospital in Bakersfield, said Ray Pruitt, spokesman for the Kern County Sheriff's Department. There was no immediate word on the victim's condition. 

"We have a suspect in custody," Pruitt said, adding that the person was a 16-year-old.

Pruitt said he believes the student used a shotgun in the attack and that weapon has been recovered. 

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said that the teen shot one student who is in critical condition. The shooter attempted to fire upon another student but missed and grazed a teacher in the head.

Youngblood said that the student took the shotgun on campus and began shooting.

Investigators said the gunman had multiple rounds of 12 gauge shells on him and was talked into surrendering by the teacher who was shot. 

The shooter told authorities that he was planning on shooting another student.

David Heber, the father of teacher Ryan Heber, said that his son is doing okay.

David said in an interview with 10News' sister station, KERO-TV, "(Ryan's) a fantastic and good young man, and I appreciate him being true to himself."

Heber was shot in the head by a stray fragment, multiple sources told 23ABC News.

Heber refused medical treatment.

Heber and a campus security officer distracted the shooter to let 20 other students leave the room.

KERO-TV, received phone calls from people inside the school who were hiding in closets.

Parents said teacher's injuries were only minor.

Kern County Sheriff's Department officials went room-by-room to secure the school.

Reports indicate that the first person shot was airlifted to Kern Medical Center and the teacher denied medical treatment.

KERO said it contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation officials and they said they will not comment on the situation.

It was not immediately clear how many students are enrolled at the high school, which teaches 9th through 12th grades.

The Taft shooting came less than a month after a gunman massacred 20 children and six women at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., then killed himself.

That shooting prompted President Barack Obama to promise new efforts to curb gun violence. Vice President Joe Biden, who was placed in charge of the initiative, said Tuesday in Washington, D.C., that he would deliver new policy proposals to the president by next week. 

The American Red Cross Kern Chapter has a crew at the scene to support the shooting incident at Taft Union High School.   

A volunteer team has been assembled which includes volunteer Mental Health and Nurse Professionals as well as our trained volunteer Disaster Responders.  In addition to these support services, the Red Cross will be offering canteen services. 

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