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One Student Wounded in Shooting at California high School


TAFT, Calif. — A student was shot and wounded at a rural San Joaquin Valley high school Thursday and another student was taken into custody, officials said.

The shooting occurred about 9 a.m. at Taft Union High School, a community of fewer than 10,000 people amidst oil and natural gas production fields about 120 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

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.

Pruitt said the suspect is a student, and a shotgun was used in the attack.

Kern County Fire Department Eric Coughran told KBAK-TV that another person suffered some type of injuries in the incident but refused medical attention.

KERO-TV Bakersfield reported that the station received phone calls from people inside the school who hid in closets.

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

The shooting happened just as U.S. vice-president Joe Biden was preparing to meet with representatives from the National Rifle Association.

Biden said Thursday that he will deliver recommendations on curbing gun violence to President Barack Obama by Tuesday, days before the president's second term begins. Biden said a consensus is emerging on proposals such as tightening background checks for gun buyers and banning high-capacity ammunition magazines.

Obama hopes to announce what steps his administration will take shortly after he is sworn in for a second term on Jan. 21. The national effort on guns comes after last month's Connecticut school shooting.

Later Thursday, Biden was set to meet perhaps the toughest critic of gun violence policies, the National Rifle Association, which already has fiercely opposed any suggestion of new gun controls. The NRA is the country's top gun lobby.

"We understand this is a complicated issue," Biden said, adding that there is "no single answer." He called the widespread agreement so far on "total universal background checks" surprising


Stroy From Associated Press