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Taft School Shooting: Teacher Helped Pacify Gunman; Armed Guard Was Out Today

NPR | Jan. 10, 2013 3:33 p.m.

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Mark Memmott

There was a shooting incident at a high school in Taft, Calif., this morning. Now that many reports have come in from the scene, it appears that two people were wounded and one shooter has been taken into custody.

It happened at Taft Union High School, as NBC4 reports. The local KGET-TV writes that “Kern County Fire officials say one victim received only minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene, the other person was airlifted to Kern Medical Center with unknown injuries.”

Just after 1:30 p.m. ET, KABC-TV was reporting that the Kern County Sheriff’s Department says officers “are going room by room to secure the school. There were reportedly people still hiding in closets at the school.”

The news broke right as Vice President Biden was giving an update on the work his task force on gun violence is doing. He was tasked with developing “concrete proposals” on reducing gun violence after the Dec. 14 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Taft is about 120 miles north of Los Angeles.

We’ll watch for more on this story.

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