In rural Kern County, California about 120 miles northwest of Los Angeles rests Taft Union High School where around 9:00 a.m. this morning, one 16-year-old student shot another with a shotgun and then just missed shooting a second classmate.
Ultimately, the 16-year-old shooter surrendered to a teacher and another staff member from the school who engaged the shooter in conversation. The teacher was struck with buckshot pellets to the head but refused medical attention.
The two quick thinking school staff members talked the teen shooter into putting the shotgun down.
The student said to that teacher:
"I don't want to shoot you" and named the person he wanted to shoot.
Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood reported afterwards that the teen victim is in critical but stable condition according to CBS News.
Sheriff Youngblood said that the shooter may have been carrying up to 20 shotgun rounds with him.
Interestingly enough, Taft Union High School usually has an armed officer on the premises that couldn’t get to his work site today because “he was snowed in.” Fortunately, Taft police were only about 60 seconds away.
The shooting victim was choppered to a hospital in Bakersfield.
The shooter was taken into police custody; his shotgun was recovered at the scene.
Approximately 900 students attend Taft Union High School.
For more on the story, see the video accompanying this article.
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