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Taft Union High School Shooting

taft-shootingA 16-year-old boy was arrested in a shooting at Taft Union High School, in Kern County, that left a classmate critically wounded. Classmates say the suspect had been bullied.

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taft-shootingTAFT, Calif. (KTLA) — A 16-year-old boy accused of shooting a classmate at Taft Union High School, near Bakersfield, has been charged as an adult in the case.

Bryan Oliver has been charged with attempted murder and other counts in connection with the shooting last Thursday, the Kern County district attorney’s office said Monday.

Classmates said that Oliver had been bullied, and was even rumored to have a “hit list” of students he wanted to shoot.

Meantime, classes resumed at Taft on Monday. Parents and students held a community rally and vigil on Friday night.

16-year-old Bowe Cleveland, who was shot in the chest and abdomen, is in a medically-induced coma, but it expected to survive.

TAFT, CA (KTLA) – Families in the Taft Union High School community are doing their best to support the high school student critically injured in a campus shooting.

Parents, students, and school administrators led a community rally and vigil Friday night (Jan. 11).

Their prayers and best wishes went out to 16-year-old Bowe Cleveland, the student who was shot in the chest and abdomen.

As of Saturday morning (Jan 12), Cleveland was in a medically-induced coma and on life support.  He was expected to survive.

Detectives have not named the teen under arrest in the shooting.

They believe the suspect targeted students whom he felt had bullied him.

TAFT, Calif. (KTLA) — A suspected gunman is behind bars and a student is in critical condition after a shooting at a high school in Taft, Calif., near Bakersfield.

Authorities said a 16-year-old boy armed with a 12-gauge shotgun walked into a science class at Taft Union High School around 9 a.m. Thursday.

“He then interrupted the class half-way through it armed with a shotgun. He fired the first round, striking another student,” said Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood.

The wounded student, also 16 years old, was airlifted to Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield. The student remains in critical but stable condition.

Police said the suspect then fired at another boy in the science class, but missed.

A teacher, identified as Ryan Heber, was able to talk with the student long enough to get him to set down the shotgun and move most of his students to safety.

Youngblood said that, at one point, the shooter told the teacher, “I don’t want to shoot you.”

Officers arrived and took the teen into custody by 9:20 a.m. A shotgun was recovered at the scene, sheriff’s officials said.

Law enforcement would not confirm reports that, last year, the suspect had a “hit list” of students he wanted to shoot. But one student told KTLA the whole school knew about it.

“I guess he said that everybody bullied him,” senior Trevor White said. “I didn’t even know the kid until we got called into the office for it.”

“He went in the office, and then after that they sent him home, and he came back the next day,” White recalled.

Officials said there’s usually an armed officer on campus, but the person wasn’t there because he was snowed in.

Police arrived within 60 seconds of the first reports. Authorities said witnesses saw a suspect walking onto campus with a shotgun and called 911.

School officials said that there would be no classes on Friday, but counselors will be available for students and staff. School will resume on Monday.

Thursday’s shooting comes less than a month after a gunman massacred 20 children and six women at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

A 16-year old high school student showed up at Taft High School in Kern County with a shotgun and shot another student and grazed a teacher.

The teacher was able to talk to the teen long enough to get him to put the shotgun down, and he was taken into custody by police.

Cell phone video shows FBI agents searching students in the classroom next door from the shooting scene. KTLA’s Jim Nash has more.

As President Obama’s anti-gun violence task force was meeting Thursday with the National Rifle Association and other gun rights groups, there was another school shooting.

Students at Taft Union High say the teenage suspect arrested for the shooting had been bullied by other students, and may have had a hit list.

Meantime, Vice President Joe Biden says the recommendations of the task force will be on President Obama’s desk by Tuesday.

Watch Glen Walker’s reports for the details.

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