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School staffers hailed as heroes in California shooting

  • Gunman claims he was bullied by two classmates, authorities say
  • Shooting comes a month after deadly Connecticut shootings
A student shot a classmate Thursday at Taft Union High School.

One critically injured in Calif. school shooting

One critically injured in Calif. school shooting

A student shot another student with a shotgun Thursday at a California high school, authorities said.

Ray Pruitt, a spokesman for the Kerns County Sheriff’s Department, said the student was wounded in the science building of Taft Union High School.

The suspected gunman was taken into custody after a teacher and a school staffer talked him into dropping the gun and surrendering, authorities said. 

"We commend the teacher and campus supervisor for all they did to bring this to a quick resolution before anybody else was harmed," said Taft Police Chief Ed Whiting.

Authorities said the suspect targeted two students because he claims he was bullied by them. They said the suspect planned the shooting the night before and took a shotgun belonging to his brother. The suspected gunman's pockets were "filled" with ammunition, authorities said.

The extent of the student’s injuries is not yet known, but the student was airlifted to a local hospital. Two other students suffered injuries.

HLN affiliate KERO said it received phone calls from people inside the school who were hiding in closets.

The shooting comes a month after a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, killing 20 students and six adults before fatally shooting himself.

President Obama has called for the creation of a task force, led by Vice President Joe Biden, to look at ways to prevent gun violence. The vice president is expected to present his findings by next Tuesday.

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