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Taft High School Shooting: 2 Shot In Kern County, California; Alleged Shooter In Police Custody

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At least two people were shot at Taft Union High School in Kern County, Calif., on Thursday morning, and authorities said that they have the suspected shooter in custody, according to local media reports.

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Kit B (276)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 10:40 am

At least two people were shot at Taft Union High School in Kern County, Calif., on Thursday morning, and authorities said that they have the suspected shooter in custody, according to local media reports.

“TAFT HIGH UPDATE: Officials say at least 2 shot; shooter now in police custody,” KABC in Los Angeles tweeted around 9:32 a.m. local time.

The television station originally said one person had been shot at the high school. The incident occurred around 9 a.m. and the suspect was arrrested about 20 minutes later, the Los Angeles Times said. Additional details were sketcy, and it was unclear whether the two victims were students.

Several Twitter users commented on the latest school shooting, which occurred less than a month after Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

The Newtown shooting has spurred calls for harsher gun-control legislation, including the reinstatement of the assault weapons ban. Lanza used an assault weapon during the attack, which ended after he shot himself.

“JESUS CHRIST. There's been a school shooting in Kern County. How much longer will we let this go on in America?” said Twitter user @silver_locusts.

“Another school shooting in Kern County CA - this will not stop so now what?” added Judy Golden.

“Sad to read abt [sic] the shootings in Kern County in California,” opined Kamla Bhatt.

Taft is about 40 miles southwest of Bakersfield.

BY IBTimes Staff Reporter

Kit B (276)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 10:42 am

There is a lot that still unknown about this shooting episode. We will have to wait to see what and when the police release more information. What is reported is that this shooting did occur on school grounds.

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 4:50 pm

Mike M (43)
Friday January 11, 2013, 6:02 am
It will not stop it is a part of societies way of dealing with things. It has been learned and instilled in people. If the do not have guns they will find something else and that is sad very sad

. (0)
Friday January 11, 2013, 6:22 am
And the beat goes on; lah de dah de dah.

donnaa D (14)
Friday January 11, 2013, 7:25 am
what too do about this!

Robert O (12)
Friday January 11, 2013, 11:43 am
Here we go again (not that it ever stopped) with the shootings. Sadly violence seems to be the only way society deals with anything. Thanks Kit.

Roger H (26)
Friday January 11, 2013, 6:10 pm
This was a case of a student retaliating against people that had been bullying him to the point that he couldn't take it any more. This student felt that he had no other choice and would have used any weapon at his disposal to get the bullies to quit. But of course the guns are to blame here, not the lack of reaction to a student being bullied. Why not blame the cause of the problem here and not the method used to try to get the problem to stop? If something would have been done to stop the bullying, this would have never happened.

Kit B (276)
Friday January 11, 2013, 6:13 pm

At least this shooter was talked down. That's really a good thing. A friend of mine told me a couple of hours ago that we have had 62 mass murders since 1982. What that says about our society is not good.

Roger H (26)
Friday January 11, 2013, 6:27 pm
I have to agree with you 100% on what you just said. We need to concentrate on the causes of why people feel they need to take such drastic actions, such as mass murders, no matter what weapons are used. We need to respect the lives of others as much as we respect our own. Until we give a higher value to life and can learn to solve disputes peacefully, this will continue to escalate, no matter how many types of weapons we outlaw. The people we elected into our government in Washington are setting a poor example for our country of how to work together to get things accomplished and both parties are equally to blame.

Kit B (276)
Friday January 11, 2013, 7:18 pm

The motivation for the action is always the perception of the individual. For most of these shootings we will never know why they decided to kill, only that they did so. I think I would agree with General McChrystal that military weapons belong on a battle field and not on our streets or in our homes. The weapons does matter, when the shooter can fire 100 .227 caliber rounds in just a couple of seconds, the expectation can only be mass death. Should that same shooter have to go through a back ground check (for past violent offenses or for mental health issues) then with a waiting period,of even a few days we just might stop some this before it can start. Currently, in many states we have "gun shows" and anyone can walk in and buy any weapon of choice for cash - no ID no paperwork. That is a fact not an assumption, been there, done that.

Susanne R (237)
Friday January 11, 2013, 11:19 pm
You have to wonder when, or better yet, if, this madness will ever end. There are already so many firearms in circulation, and the gun lobbyists put a lot of time, effort and money into convincing the gun-loving members of our society that they're going to lose their "right to bear arms." I know that most gun owners are responsible and wouldn't hurt anyone, but they have to realize that they're being manipulated by an industry that wants their continued patronage (in other words, their money). Something has to change that mindset. If the fact that six-year olds have become the victims of mass murder hasn't done the job, I don't know what will.

Roger H (26)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 6:49 am
The weapon used at Newtown was a semi automatic weapon that fires only one bullet each time you pull the trigger. It would have been impossible to fire "100 round .227 rounds in a couple of seconds" from it. Nobody can fire a semiautomatic weapon that fast. "Assault weapons" are only semiautomatic lookalike guns of the weapons actually used by the military. The mechanical function of those weapons are no different than the .22 caliber rifles used for target practice and hunting, and those aren't considered assault weapons only because they don't look like military style weapons. The AR15 rifle that was used, is used by hunters legally with a 5 round magazine, it is used in competition shooting in the Olympics, used for target shooting and is ideal for self defense in the home. Military weapons are already against the law to almost all of the public and to own one you have to pass a thorough background check by the BATF and FBI and have a Class 3 Federal Firearms license that requires a strict security check.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 9:42 am
Where does it end?

Lynn Squance (235)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 12:01 pm
Violence seems to be the answer when there is a disagreement or one feels agrieved.

While it is true that other weapons, ie knives are capable of inflicting injury or death, the extent of the action is slower and requires more of the perpetrator. I believe that helping people to deal with issues is very important, but so is removing the easy accessibility to guns which are capable of doing much more damage than a knife.

Reasonable gun control regulations should be put in place. Unfortunately, Wayne LaPierre and the NRA are hyping the 2nd amendment and stirring up false dissent.

SĂĽheyla C (234)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 1:25 am
Thank you Kit

Pavel Tajc (1)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 5:18 am
All last 14 school shootings had ONE thing in common [something else than guns].
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