California school shooting victim in stable condition, investigation continues

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – The 16-year-old student critically injured after a shooting at the Taft High School located near Bakersfield, California Thursday is in stable condition and the school remained closed Friday as police continue to investigate.

According to 17 News, students said Bowe Cleveland was seriously injured and a source revealed the teen is out of surgery and in a medically-induced coma.

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said the 16-year-old gunman walked into his first period science class armed with a 12-gauge shotgun.

He aimed the gun at another student but missed, and instead hit Cleveland before their teacher, 40-year-old Ryan Heber, persuaded him to put his weapon down. Campus supervisor Kim Fields then managed to distract him to let other students leave the classroom safely.

The gunman informed officials that he was a victim of bullying and admitted he knew his intended victims as he had confronted them before.

Youngblood said they are investigating the bullying angle and there is a likelihood that something like that occurred.

He added that the shooter, who is in custody, will be charged as a juvenile with attempted murder and prosecutors would have to decide if he should be charged as an adult.

School officials claimed an armed Taft officer is normally on duty but that officer was snowed in during the time of the shooting.

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