Another School Shooting?

The UK’s ITV News:

Gunfire has erupted at a high school in Kern County, Southern California, according to the local sheriff’s office.

The shooting took place at Taft Union High School. There is no immediate word on casualties.


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.

More as we get it.

Update: The UK’s Metro is reporting two were shot and the gunman is in custody.

Update 2: Local news channel News 17:

Sheriff’s officials say two people have been shot at Taft High School. We are also told someone has been taken into custody.

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.

The reports started coming in at 9:00 a.m. Deputies are now on scene at the school. Earlier, they told 17 News they were doing a room-to-room search. They say the scene is still not secured.

CNN cut from Joe Biden’s press conference on gun control to report the shootings. Biden says that an improved system for background checks has emerged as a a priority for the stakeholders he’s met so far.

Update [matttbastard]: CA School Teacher Talked Shooter Into Surrender:


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Most recently I was Editor in Chief of The Agonist from Feb 2012 to Feb 2013. My blogging began at Newshoggers and I’ve had the immense pleasure of working with some great writers there and around the web ever since, including at Crooks & Liars. I'm a late 40′s, Scottish ex-pat, now married to a wonderful Texan, with Honours in Philosophy from Univ. of Stirling, UK 1986. I worked most of life in business insurance industry (fire, accident, liability) including 12 years as a broker/underwriter/correspondent at Lloyd’s of London. Being from the other side of the pond, my political interests tend to focus on how US foreign policy affects the rest of the planet. Other interests include early and dark-ages British history, literature and cognitive philosophy/science.

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