Taft Union High School evacuated after shooting; 2 reported injured


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Students have been evacuated from Taft Union High School in Kern County after a shooting Thursday morning that reportedly left two people injured, a city official confirmed.

Debra Elliott, with the city manager’s office, confirmed that a shooting was reported at the high school shortly after 9 a.m. Two people have been reported injured, Elliott said, although she stressed that the number has yet to be confirmed by public safety officials.


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The suspected shooter was believed to be in custody, Elliott said.

Parents were beginning to pick up their children from a football field where they had been moved to after the incident, Elliott said. As of about 10 a.m., the campus remained on lockdown.

A local television station, KERO 23 in Bakersfield, reported that the station had received calls from students who said they were huddled in closets. Sheriff’s officials were going classroom to classroom clearing the campus, the station reported.


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