Student shot at California high school
A student has been shot and wounded at a rural California high school and another student taken into custody, officials say.
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.
The incident happened about 9am (0400 AEDT) and the suspect was taken into custody about 20 minutes later, according to the Los Angeles Times newspaper.
It cited the local ABC television news affiliate as saying they received phone calls from people hiding in closets inside the school, which was being evacuated and searched.
Taft is some 190 kilometres north of Los Angeles.
No further details were immediately available.
The shooting comes weeks after the massacre of 26 people including 20 young children at a school in Newtown, Connecticut, which has revived America's perennial debate about gun control.