KERO 23 — DELANO, Calif. - Kern County Sheriff's Deputies say there was a shooting at North Kern State Prison. Just after 7 p.m. deputies said someone got near the prison gates, and starting shooting.
Officials at the prison said that anywhere between 15 to 20 rounds were fired and that one correctional officer was wounded.
Officials said that the bullets were flying over the responding officers' heads and that the injuries to the correctional officer don't appear to be life-threatening.
The prison is located about 36 miles north of Bakersfield in Delano.
The name of the correctional officer who was shot has not yet been released publicly.
Deputies locked down the area, had armed personnel surrounding the prison and shell casings were found around a vehicle near the prison.
Officials said that they believe someone from outside shot into the prison injuring the correctional officer.
From Highway 43 going east on West Cecil Way to Casey Avenue and all streets surrounding the prison were blocked off.
A count was conducted and all inmates were accounted for.
As of 11 p.m., officials were still searching for the shooter.