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America has been rocked by another school shooting.
LA Times reports that a 16-year-old boy remains in critical condition after a classmate opened fire on him with a 12-gauge shotgun in his first period class. The shooting took place at Taft Union High School, a school just southwest of Bakersfield, Calif., around 9 a.m. The shooter reportedly called the victim by name.
According to the report, the shooter and the victim had previous run-ins. A second and third victim have also been treated at a hospital. A young girl was seen for possible hearing damage as she was sitting next to the victim, and another boy who possibly tripped over a table while attempting to flee the room.
The shooter called upon another student, but shot and missed.
The 16-year-old shooter was talked down by Ryan Herber, a teacher, before any more young students could be fired at. The unidentified shooter was carrying the shotgun as well as 20 extra rounds in his pocket. The students were able to flee the classroom while the teacher disarmed the shooter. He has since been taken into custody.
Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood states, “If it weren’t for this teacher and his quick response, we don’t know what would have happened.”
According to CNN, the shooter felt he had been bullied by two classmates and hence brought the weapon to school. The shotgun belonged to the shooter's brother, and according to the report, the shooting was planned out the night before.
An armed police officer was scheduled at the school, but was unable to make it into work today due to snow compromising his travels. The shooter was spotted on surveillance cameras looking nervous.
Classes have been canceled Friday and the school will reopen Monday with extra counselors available.