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Hours after 'routine drill,' student opens fire at Calif. high school

Published: January 16, 2013
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Source: WISTV

Hours after a routine school lockdown drill, a student with a 12-gauge shotgun opened fire at a California high school, leaving another student in critical condition, police say.


Taft County Sheriff Donny Youngblood says the 16-year-old gunman didn't show up for school Thursday morning at Taft Union High, but interrupted class halfway through first period.

The suspect shot the victim, also 16, then tried to shoot a second student, however he missed.

"The evidence is his pockets were full. He had a lot of rounds," Youngblood said.

Some students barricaded themselves in a storage closet while others fled the classroom.

He didn't get off many rounds before the teacher in the classroom engaged the shooter in conversation and tried to convince him to put down his weapon. The teacher and a campus resource officer eventually persuaded the suspect to relinquish his weapon and he was taken into police custody.

Officers say the conversation not only diffused the situation but gave the students the chance to flee.

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