Ryan Heber; teacher shot at Taft Union High School ruled hero

TAFT, Calif. - Officials have said that at least two people were shot at Taft High School and the shooter has been arrested.

The shooting occurred about 9 a.m. at Taft Union High School, an oil and agricultural community about 120 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

The shooting took place in the Science Building at the school.

Though social media has promptly broadcasted the names of the victims and the shooter, 23ABC has decided to not publish those names involved until sources confirm those involved.

"We have a suspect in custody," Pruitt said, adding that the person was a 16-year-old shooter.

Pruitt said he believes the student used a shotgun in the attack and that weapon has been recovered.

Sheriff Donny Youngblood said that the student shot one student who is in critical condition. The shooter attempted to shoot another student but missed and struck a teacher in the head.

Youngblood said that the student took the shotgun on campus and began shooting.

The shooter had multiple rounds of 12-gauge shells on him and was taken down by the teacher who was shot, authorities said.

David Heber, the father of teacher Ryan Heber, said that his son is doing okay.

David said in an interview with 23ABC News, "(Ryan's) a fantastic and good young man, and I appreciate him being true to himself."

Heber was shot in the head by a stray fragment, multiple sources told 23ABC News.

Heber refused medical treatment.

Heber and a campus security officer distracted the shooter to let the other students leave the room.

The shooter told authorities that he was planning on shooting another student.


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