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Reports of hit list probed in Central California school shooting

  • A unidentified woman cries while standing outside Taft Union High School after a shooting on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2012 in Taft, Calif. The sheriff of Kern County, Calif., says a 16-year-old student shot at a high school 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. (AP Photo/The Bakersfield Californian, Alex Horvath) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES; ONLINE OUT; TV OUT

TAFT — California authorities are investigating allegations that a 16-year-old boy held in a classroom shooting that wounded a classmate had been suspended from school last year for having a hit list.

Kern County Sheriff's Department spokesman Ray Pruitt says the reports of the hit list are being looked into as part of the investigation into Thursday's shooting at Taft Union High School in the city of Taft.

Almost immediately after the shooting, other students began giving accounts about the suspect having drawn up a list at some point.

The sheriff's spokesman says the teen was booked into juvenile hall for investigation of two counts of attempted murder and one count of assault with a deadly weapon. Investigators plan to submit their case to the district attorney's office on Monday.


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