Authorities say a boy who fired on classmates and wounded one at a rural California high school had planned the attack and targeted students he felt had bullied him for more than a year.
Kern County sheriff Donny Youngblood said at a news conference Thursday night that the 16-year-old used a shotgun that belonged to his brother and went to bed Wednesday night with a plan to shoot two fellow students.
Youngblood says surveillance video shows the boy trying to conceal the gun as he nervously enters Taft Union High School through a side entrance after school had started Thursday morning.
The boy entered his classroom, shot and critically injured one student, then fired on others before a teacher and another staff member talked him into surrendering.
"My thoughts and prayers goes for the victim. His time of need is right now. We know he's getting the best care possible. I first want to commend the teacher. I think he saved many lives today, his actions, his time, his ability of what he did and protect the students there," says Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R).
Taft is a community of about 7,000 some 120 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
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