Two people were shot in a California high school on Thursday morning and police have taken the shooter into custody.
The shooting took place at Taft Union High School just outside of Bakersfield, California and began around 9am.
The shooting comes less than a month after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut where 20 children and six adults were killed.
A number of students at the California school called 911 and their parents on their cell phones from inside the school once they heard the sound of the gunshot.
‘My friend’s been shot, the teacher’s been shot- I don’t know what to do,’ the girl reportedly said to her mother on her cell phone.
The local ABC affiliate received two separate calls from people who were hiding in closets during the incident, and the shooter- who is believed to be a student at the school- was taken into custody by police at around 9.20am.
The shooting took place in the physical sciences building on campus, and the West Kern Water District building was put on lock-down as a precaution because it is located right next to the school, according to Bakersfield Californian.
As of 11am, officials from the Kern County Sheriff’s Department were still checking each room in the school.
The second person reported only minor injuries and refused medical treatment at the scene.
Neither of the individuals have been identified, only to say that the one with more serious injuries was a student at the school.
Ray Pruitt, the spokesman for the Kern County Sheriff, said that a shotgun was used in the attack and the suspect is thought to be a student at the school.
Parents are being told to pick up all of the other students at the school’s football field immediately.
The public school is located in the small town of Taft which is about an hour’s drive outside of Bakersfield in southern California.
The nearby middle school- Lincoln Junior High School- was shut down as a warning when the shooting at Taft Union School was reported.
Felicity Reich, 13, said that her teachers told all of the students that a shooting had taken place at the high school.
‘They were all trying to keep each other happy and not flip out,’ she said of students trying to keep one another calm.
Buzzfeed reports that a student admitted to falsely warning of a school shooting at Taft Union High School in December.
It is unclear if that student had anything to do with today’s shooting, but when questioned by police in December he admitted that his threat was false.
‘All the resources one can possibly imagine to respond to a horrible tragedy are here,’ Taft City Councilman Dave Noerr told the Bakersfield Californian after arriving at the scene.