1 student shot in CA high school shooting

Police say the gunman is believed to be a student at the school. (1/10/13)

TAFT, Calif. - (AP) - The sheriff of Kern County, Calif., says a 16-year-old student shot at a high school in rural Taft is in critical but stable condition.

Sheriff Donny Youngblood says the shooter is a student who walked into a class at Taft Union High School Thursday morning and shot the teen with a shotgun, and then fired at another student but missed. A teacher suffered a minor pellet wound to the head.

Youngblood says the teacher tried to get other students out a back door, then he and another staff member engaged the shooter in conversation to distract him, and convinced him to put down the gun.

Officials say there's usually an armed officer on campus, but the person wasn't there because he was snowed in.

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