The 16-year-old student who opened fire in a classroom Thursday morning had specific targets, police say. The suspect entered Taft Union High School in Kern County, Calif., with a 12-gauge shotgun and shot one student between two and four times in the chest and tried to shoot another, but missed. A teacher and supervisor talked him into putting the gun down and evacuated the classroom. “They did a great job of protecting the kids,” said Ed Whiting, the chief of the Taft Police Department. “We can’t thank them enough for what they did today.” One victim is in critical condition, and the teacher suffered a minor pellet wound on his head.
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