A 16-year-old boy is on life support after he was shot in the chest and abdomen at a Taft, Calif., high school. Although the boy is in a “medically induced coma,” he is “expected to make a full recovery.”
Grief counselors were present at the school on Friday after the shooting on Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Times. However, classes were canceled.
Police said the shooter brought a 12-gauge shotgun to the campus after supposedly threatening to kill students last year for bullying him.
“Angela Hayden, whose 16-year-old daughter attends Taft, said the shooting suspect allegedly threatened to kill her daughter and other students last year while they were on a school bus during a field trip to Universal Studios.”
Hayden explained that the boy said he had a list of students he was going to kill. "He was telling everyone that he had a list of people who messed with him over the years and that he was going to kill them," Hayden told The Times.
Police said the shooter entered his classroom with a gun and shot a classmate. He then fired at another student but missed.
A teacher was able to subdue the student and take him into custody before police officers showed up at the school.
Authorities “seized his firearm and about 20 extra rounds in his pocket...” Police also stated that “The teacher, Ryan Heber, was struck by a pellet round to the head but not seriously injured and declined treatment.”
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