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Thursday, Jan 10 2013 12:16 PM

UPDATE: One student injured, another in custody at Taft HS

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

TAFT -- A student shot at Taft Union High School Thursday morning was airlifted to Kern Medical Center, sheriff's said today.

Another student was in custody and a shotgun has been recovered, Kern County Sheriff's Department spokesman Ray Pruitt said.

A midday press conference was pushed back to 12:30 p.m.

The incident began shortly after 9 a.m. in the west Kern school's physical sciences building, Pruitt said.

Taft Police officers, joined law enforcement from the sheriff's department, FBI and California Highway Patrol swarmed the school at 1 Wildcat Way to assist in room-to-room searches of the campus and evacuations.

Earlier Kern County Fire Capt. Eric Coughran said fire officials were called at 9:01 a.m. about two people with injuries. While the one person was taken to KMC, a second person suffered unspecified minor injuries and declined treatment, Coughran said.

Hundreds of anxious parents rushed to the campus to get their children.

Full Californian coverage of today's developments is available at http://tinyurl.com/admj8lm

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