Oh, no. Reports of a shooting at Taft High School in Kern County, Calif. are coming in. Students are being evacuated.

The number of people shot is unclear; some reports say two, others say one.

The shooter is apparently in custody.

Prayers start to roll in.

https://twitter.com/poulinnerin/status/289441389220098048

Twitchy will monitor this awful situation and update with developments.

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Update:

CNN is confirming two people have been shot.

Local media is reporting that two are dead.

https://twitter.com/emmaroller/status/289432490639257600

That has not been confirmed. Other outlets are still saying two people have been shot, but have not confirmed deaths.

Air ambulance on the scene.

On-scene reports come in.

Local media reporting a teacher was shot and taken away in ambulance.

Condition of the shooting victims remains unconfirmed and unclear.

Update:

According to various reports, one victim, a student, was airlifted to a hospital:

And the other declined treatment:

The shooter is reportedly a Taft student.

Update:

The school’s uniformed deputy officer wasn’t there today:

Update:

Some tweeters say one of the shooting victims was Bowe Cleveland. This has not yet been confirmed.

https://twitter.com/VanessaAnnn_/status/289454720936992768

Cleveland’s Twitter page is here.

Update: Twitter users say the other shooting victim is “Mr. Heber.” This has not been confirmed by police or school officials. Heber reportedly was only grazed and may not be seriously hurt.

https://twitter.com/ocnarfleira/status/289449342157336577

Twitter users are saying the shooter is a student named Brian Oliver, but this has not been confirmed by police or by school officials.

https://twitter.com/eriiicaaa_03/status/289436854065963008

Twitchy will continue to monitor the story and will post updates as needed.

Update:

Some Twitter users are posting this photo. Twitchy cannot confirm that this is the alleged shooter. Note the spelling of Oliver’s first name appears to be “Bryan” not “Brian” as we previously reported.

https://twitter.com/thatylerhoff/status/289488898571259905

Update, January 11th, 6:28 a.m. ET:

KGET is reporting that Bryan Oliver is the name of the suspected shooter.

USA Today is reporting that Bowe Cleveland was the student who was shot.

These reports are consistent with what Twitchy reported early yesterday afternoon.

  • http://twitter.com/einfal Raphael Gluck ツ

    2 reported dead (via @HuffingtonPost ) https://twitter.com/HuffingtonPost/status/289431170658205696

  • http://neonationalist.tumblr.com/ NeoNationalist

    This stuff is starting to seem kinda. .I dunno. .Its just weird that there’s a school shooting in the MIDDLE of gun ban talks. .This is all very convenient.

    • Kevin Krom

      The simpler answer is just that it’s a “copycat” situation based on how much Sandy Hook was in the news.

      • SineWaveII

        Exactly! The stupid “news” media never learns.

        • Kevin Krom

          What makes you think this isn’t what they want? It advances The Agenda and gets good ratings. A 2-fer.

          • SineWaveII

            Did I say it wasn’t? Of course it’s what they want. They don’t care about anything except that idiotic agenda.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

            I doubt that they want this. I do fervently that they will exploit it, though.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marcy-Cook/1001619613 Marcy Cook

      Agreed. If this person turns out to be mentally deranged then we’ve got some questions to ask. Too many of these folks are just plain cuckoo…….is someone drugging them and doing a little mind control? I hate to sound like a crazy conspiracy theory jerk but…..then again they’ve made such a big news thing about these shootings everyone is getting ideas they might not have had before.

    • usa3

      and if true, the security officer being absent the day a shooting just happens to take place? weird?

      • Let’em Crash

        How about: no shootings with officer, shooting occurs without officer. Once libs have an agenda, though, post hoc analysis is futile.

  • Lord Foggybottom

    Expect to see more of this, and don’t be surprised if most of the shooters are liberals taking the fall so they can ban guns.

    • 1JohnMason

      The reality is that most of the mass shootings and massacres happen in safe solid white stable middle class conservative communities by perpetrators from conservative pro-gun families.

      Fact is, do be surprised if the shooter is liberal. America’s homegrown terrorist, the infamous Oklahoma Federal Building bombers who murdered hundreds of unsuspecting innocent men women and children were right wing conservatives and devote followers of Rush Limbaugh.

      It is no secret, a official study commissioned by the Conservative Republican President George Bush concluded Conservative Right Wingers are the “Greatest threat” to Homeland Security. Not Muslims mind you, Conservatives are the Greatest threat.

      • SineWaveII

        And that’s the only example you have. Now go look up some facts. The rest of your post is complete nonsense.

      • Lord Foggybottom

        You and your “facts” are totally full of shit and you know it.

      • NachoCheese (D)

        “by perpetrators from conservative pro-gun families”

        Care to back that statement up with some fact?

        • mickeyco

          Silly Cheese. You expect facts?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

        Have you ever read a periodical or book about McVeigh or the OKC bombing? I would highly suggest it before you attempt to engage others with can discuss issues far more intelligently and cogently than you can.

      • ceemack

        Yeah, ’cause that Loughner guy in Tucson was a flaming right-wing…wait a minute…

      • Lord Foggybottom

        I’ll agree: Conservatives are the Greatest threat — against liberal tyranny. Liberals are the greatest threat — against freedom.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7RCD3Z75OBX3D6WNVOSO4VUBKQ Obamammy

        See, this is why we can’t have gay people.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7RCD3Z75OBX3D6WNVOSO4VUBKQ Obamammy

        See, this is why we can’t have gay people.

  • ceemack

    Good lord. What has happened to our country?

    And much as I hate to seize on a tragedy like this, it’s worth pointing out that California has for years had a ban on “assault” rifles, and on magazines that hold more than ten rounds. Gee, maybe that’s not the answer.

    • R0nin

      Especially if this was a shotgun shooting, as reported.

      However, let me express some caution for “what has happened to our country” and such sentiments. Statistically, we have less gun violence now than we did thirty years ago (gun violence was greater at that time, after gun restrictions were implemented in response to hi-visibility shootings).

      It’s not that such attacks are becoming more common– it’s that the media (including social media) has become more all-pervasive, so we hear about them more immediately and more vociferously from many more outlets and individuals.

      In other words, we get the false impression that these events are more common, but that’s not factually the case.

      • TroyGates

        There are multiple people shot every day in LA and it never reaches the news, social media, etc. This one is spread like wild fire because it was at a school. Move it a 100 miles from the school in Taft to a neighborhood in LA and very few would know about it.

        • fmahoney

          Your 100 percent right. Damn shame that nobody sounded the alarm when all those people were getting killed in chicago?

          I grew up in NYC and went to college in florida and can remember when crack cocaine arrived in NYC back in the early 80’s. Heard nothing about the lives that were being destroyed. My 2nd year in college I remember laying on the living room floor hearing the news that we are declaring a war on drugs. It finally reached the middle and upper class predominately white areas in Long Island.

          We went to war with a country that had nothing to do with 9/11 lost a lot of good men and women. However, Iraq lost over 500K civilians via collateral damage. Who really cares? GE got a nice contract Ford got a nice contract IBM got a nice contract.

          Who really cares… Those lives really don’t matter

      • http://twitter.com/DarleneJeffrey2 Darlene Jeffrey
      • http://twitter.com/DarleneJeffrey2 Darlene Jeffrey
      • fmahoney

        Oh no things are much better now then 30 years ago, so what some kids 6 & 7 years old are dead but we need more guns. The news just needs to stop reporting these acts of gun violence.

        • R0nin

          Sorry to bother your little head with facts. I didn’t realize this was supposed to be about straw-men and putting words in people’s mouths. I guess that’s what you have to do to sleep better at night, eh?

          Or would you grasp my point better this time if I keep it simpler? Here you go:

          WHOOSH!

    • http://twitter.com/Sincerly_oo Sincerely —

      True, but the problem is that those who want to ban guns don’t realize that and think that this is evidence that stronger gun control is needed.

      • Kougetsu Barakage

        “and think that this is evidence that stronger gun control is needed” – right…so then the white kids with guns can go shooting up more schools since there’s already no guns allowed on school premises…right?

    • fmahoney

      No that can’t be the answer when the state next door is selling weapons like hot cakes w/ no background checks at Gun shows.

  • reving19

    I bet this is a “gun-free” zone.

    • 1JohnMason

      If you are armed you won’t be harmed eh? Tell that to the three Stanton Police officers that were gunned down.

      2009 Pittsburgh police shootings: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_Pittsburgh_police_shootings
      There have also been incidents where shooters went into police stations and shot up the place.
      Guns won’t make you a man and a good guy with a gun is not guaranteed protection from a bad guy with a gun. Grow up and get real.

      • NachoCheese (D)
      • NachoCheese (D)

        It’s just too bad you can’t tell this woman:

        http://www.wsbtv.com/ap/ap/crime/slain-woman-begged-judge-not-to-free-ex-husband/nTgyD/

        Maybe if she had owned a gun, her ex-husband wouldn’t have succeeded in stabbing her to death.

      • NachoCheese (D)

        Using your logic, this woman is not only morally superior to firearms owners, but also safer for her lack of ability to defend herself:

        http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/police-hiding-woman-shot-during-fairburn-burglary/nTmk3/

      • Lord Foggybottom

        And there have been incidents where cops have shot up the place. And there have been MANY incidents where bad guys have shot up the place. Protection may not be guaranteed with a gun, but you’ll have a hell of a better chance than without one.

        And i’d rather be half a man with a gun than a little liberal sissy without one – who is at the mercy of his attackers.

        Grow up and get real.

      • R0nin

        Wait, you’re saying that if I’m armed it doesn’t guarantee I won’t get shot? Well, no 5h!t, Sherlock.

        What you fail to comprehend is that _not_ being armed _does_ guarantee that I’ll be helpless against an armed crazy. (Unless I get really lucky and my martial arts training prevails. But you’d probably be against that “violence” too.)

        ” Grow up and get real.” Such lack of self-awareness must be painful at times.

      • NachoCheese (D)

        One more time…

        Tell that BS to this young man:

        http://www.khou.com/news/crime/Burglary-suspect-shot-by-15-year-old-son-of-deputy-97430719.html

        With one of the scary AR-15 “assault” rifles no less. What was that about “need to own an ‘assault’ rifle” again?

        • $29561723

          He won’t answer you. Doesn’t fit the narrative.

      • http://twitter.com/TheAngieNC2 Angie (D)

        Another progressive against the Bill of Rights!
        Bet you think it’s wrong to “slander the ‘prophet’ of Islam” too, you cheerleader for tyranny.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7RCD3Z75OBX3D6WNVOSO4VUBKQ Obamammy

        So take away all the guns and then magically the bad guys won’t have guns anymore. How bout you get real, salad tossing liberal.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7RCD3Z75OBX3D6WNVOSO4VUBKQ Obamammy

        So take away all the guns and then magically the bad guys won’t have guns anymore. How bout you get real, salad tossing liberal.

      • J.N. Ashby

        Better than the worst alternative: Being against an armed guy while unarmed.

    • fmahoney

      I bet your a right wing idiot

  • http://twitter.com/lazypadawan lazypadawan

    Quit the media emotional pornography. That’s making mass shootings attractive to copycats looking for their 15 minutes.

  • sigh

    It’s obvious we need common sense media control to stop making these people famous.

    • walterc

      If the authorities would just announce that the shooters name is Barack Obama, there would be zero coverage. Don’t want to report anything bad attached to that name do we?

    • Let’em Crash

      It will come. After Obama’s executive order on guns, however stupid it will be, you can plan on a media blackout of further shootings. Will be just like Chicago: nothing but high-fives and backslaps on how awesome a law they passed, completely ignoring reality and serious harm caused.

  • bonnieblue2A

    More defenseless victims targeted in gun-free school zones. Thoughts and prayers go out to the injured and those not allowed to defend the students in their classrooms or themselves.

  • walterc

    If this kid used a shot gun, that will be the end of “I’m not after your shot gun, I have a Remington shotgun myself” B.S. That’s the whole point, first it’s the “assault” weapons and high capacity mags, then it’s shotguns and handguns because that’s what the klillers use when “assault” weapons are banned.

    Camel’s nose in the tent my friends.

    • Let’em Crash

      Double barrel will become “high-capacity” capable of sequential shots with only trigger action.

  • CR

    I am very sympathetic and I am not trying to undermine the tragedy that has happened here, but aren’t there shootings at inner city schools all the time? I mean like ALL the time:

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-06-26/news/ct-met-cps-student-violence-0625-20120626_1_cps-students-students-shot-safe-haven-program

    Is this a school in a rich white neighborhood or something? Or is the media just going crazy w/ this to try to fit the gun control narrative. Because there definitely wasn’t breaking news for the 319 kids shot in the Chicago public school system in 2011 unless I was just really out of touch that year…

    • TroyGates

      Not a rich white neighborhood, just a very small town 100 miles north of LA. But yes, shootings happen every day in LA neighborhoods that most never hear about except those of us living in LA.

      • BeautifulAmerica

        I’m a traveling/itinerant teacher in LA and was caught last year in the crossfire of 2 gangs shooting at each other. did you hear about that? No.
        Do I want to keep our 2nd Amendment Rights? YOUBETCHA.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1003376721 Sheldon Cooper

    In the words of the SNL Church Lady:
    How convienent.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1003376721 Sheldon Cooper

    In the words of the SNL Church Lady:
    How convienent.

  • $35072932

    This the other gun story of the day the BSMedia is going to ignore:

    15-year-old defends home against burglars, shoots one of them with father’s AR-15
    http://www.therightscoop.com/15-year-old-defends-home-against-burglars-shoots-one-of-them-with-fathers-ar-15/

    Not only did this brave 15-year-old defend his home against 2 burglars, but also his 12-year-old sister who was in the house with him. He grabbed his father’s AR-15 and shot one of the burglars multiple times. They got away but had to go right to the hospital where the minor was arrested and the adult who was shot was flown to a different hospital.

    • v1cious

      Changing the subject. It’s what you guys do best. By the way, I love your av. The Confederacy is dead as well, so I think you guys should follow your own advice.

      • $35072932

        My apologies that you are incapable of discerning the current subject matter and that there is a difference between the deaths of a Communist murderer idolized by Oppressives and the fact that certain concepts like freedom and liberty live on.

  • $35072932

    This the other gun story of the day the BSMedia is going to ignore:

    15-year-old defends home against burglars, shoots one of them with father’s AR-15
    http://www.therightscoop.com/15-year-old-defends-home-against-burglars-shoots-one-of-them-with-fathers-ar-15/

    Not only did this brave 15-year-old defend his home against 2 burglars, but also his 12-year-old sister who was in the house with him. He grabbed his father’s AR-15 and shot one of the burglars multiple times. They got away but had to go right to the hospital where the minor was arrested and the adult who was shot was flown to a different hospital.

  • J.N. Ashby

    Looks like the kid from Two and a Half Men

  • Kougetsu Barakage

    White kids like to shoot up the schools because they know they will not be suspected or get shot by the police or other authorities after they do so…the black and latino kids are smart and kill them outside of schools so that they don’t get shot when the police arrives which would happen in a second. The white kids stay off the streets cause they know the blacks and latino kids will shoot them if they show a weapon on the street with no badge. True story.

  • William

    I can’t believe it why would someone do something like that, Bowe was the nicest person i had ever met at Taft High, You just never expect something like this to happen so close to home.

  • William

    Talking about gun control won’t help anyone, California is strict enough, it’s not like he walked into a Gun Shop and bought the shotgun, there is no legal way in CA for a 16-year old to get a shotgun. Religion and Gun control have nothing to do with this, neither does politics, the things people start blaming, because of something like this, I was one floor above where the shooting took place. All anyone tries to do who wasn’t there and wasn’t actually affected would try to push their opinions on others saying “See this is what happens when we don’t … blah blah blah.” What needs to be done is threats need to be taken more seriously