A shooting has occurred at Taft Union High School in California. Two students are in the hospital, one with critical injuries. The 16-year-old suspect is in custody.
Police said that the weapon used was a 12 gauge shotgun, as reported by KGET, but few details about the alleged killer have emerged, except that he is believed to be a fellow student and it has been speculated that he targeted his victims specifically.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein has used the occasion to reaffirm her anti-gun agenda, as reported by LATimesBlogs. She said, in part, "...how many more shootings must there be in America before we come to the realization that guns and grievances do not belong together?" Her father also attended Taft Union High School, she said. It would be refreshing if perhaps the mainstream media and the politicians could manage to keep the political opportunism in check, at least for the first day or two following a high-profile shooting.
During a news conference, representatives from the Taft Police Department "detailed the heroics of a science teacher and a campus supervisor who were able to detain the shooter and talk to him until he put the gun down Thursday morning." As details emerge about a possible motive, one wonders if the shooter had what seems to be a little discussed but alarming common link with young people and violence; a history of mental health problems and a prescription medication regimen.
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