Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

16-year old boy shoots student and teacher in Taft, California

Bowe Cleveland, age 16
A 16-year old boy, Bryan Oliver, got hold of his brother's 12-gauge shotgun and shells and brought them to a science class in his school, in Taft, California, at Taft Union High School.  He opened fire at students he felt were bullying him, hitting one of them and missing another.  

The victim, 16-year-old Bowe Cleveland, was critically wounded and was put in an induced coma.  He was shot in the upper body.

A teacher was also grazed.

Teacher Ryan Heber and campus supervisor Kim Fields convinced the shooter to surrender peacefully.

Brian Oliver was caught last year with a "hit list."

Shooter Bryan Oliver, age 16
From an article:
Students told 17 News 16-year-old Bowe Cleveland was critically wounded in the shooting. A source close to Cleveland told us overnight that the teen is out of surgery and in a medically-induced coma but in stable condition. 
Sheriff Donny Youngblood would not identify the shooter but students say the suspected gunman is 16-year-old Bryan Oliver, a student at the school. Investigators say he walked into his first period science class armed with a 12-gauge shotgun. Authorities say he then took aim at another student but missed. 
Teacher Ryan Heber and campus supervisor Kim Fields convinced the gunman to put his weapon down. 
The gunman told officials he had been bullied and said he knew his intended victims and had run-ins with them before. Parents told us the gunman was caught last year with a hit list. 
"I can tell you that we are investigating that angle and there is probably a likelihood that something like that occurred. We've heard it from several different people we are still interrogating the suspect," said Sheriff Youngblood. 
Youngblood says the gunman had about 20 more rounds of ammunition in his pocket and there were 28 kids in the classroom. 
School officials say they normally have an armed Taft officer on duty but, Thursday, that officer was snowed in.
From another article:

Danielle Overton said she got a phone call from her daughter, Corey, 16, who was next to the student who was shot. "She was just crying, telling me that there was a shooting at the school.... There's blood everywhere." 
Students who were in other classrooms said they heard an announcement on the public address system about the shooting. Several students said it caused confusion because they had been told of an upcoming lockdown drill — the subject of a meeting by organizers on campus that morning, authorities said — and they assumed it signaled a practice exercise. The sound of helicopters soon told them otherwise. 
Jacob Jackson, 15, a sophomore, said he and his classmates sat for more than an hour in the library, with the lights off and doors locked. "I was just thinking, 'I don't want to die,' " Jacob said.

By ironic coincidence, the shooting happened at the same time that Vice President Joe Biden was meeting with organizations to discuss stricter gun regulation.

There's been no word on how the shotgun had been stored by the shooter's brother.

Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

UPDATE (1/14/13):  The shooter, Bryan Oliver, is being charged as an adult.  From an article:
"He always drew pictures of killing and people having guns and knives, and he always talked about how he was going to bomb the oil fields," former Taft student Isarai Reyes told Eyewitness News following last week's shooting. 
Green said Oliver could be sentenced to 25 years to life in prison on just one of the attempted murder charges, with the gun enhancement. Oliver is set for arraignment Monday afternoon. 
Oliver allegedly barged into the class after missing the beginning of school, wielding a shotgun with a pocket full of 12-gauge shells. The sheriff's office said it has surveillance video of the nervous-acting suspect carrying the concealed shotgun into school.... 
Oliver apparently lives close to the school, and neighbors allegedly saw him carrying the gun into school and called 911, giving police a jump start. 
The teacher received minor injuries but refused medical attention. One student was taken to the hospital with possible damaged hearing, because the shotgun was discharged close to her head. Another student received minor injuries while falling over a table trying to escape inside the classroom. 
Classes resume Tuesday at the high school.

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