California school shooter to be charged as adult

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, January 14, 2013 18:34 EDT
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The boy who opened fire on his classmates at Taft Union High School in California last week will be charged as an adult.

Bryan Oliver, 16, will face two counts of premeditated attempted murder and three counts of assault with a firearm, according to the Associated Press. The chief deputy district attorney said Oliver was being charged as an adult rather than a juvenile because of the severity of the incident.

The boy faces decades in prison for walking into a science classroom and shooting another 16-year-old student in the chest with a Winchester 12-guage shotgun. The student was hospitalized with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Oliver allegedly intended to also shoot another boy, but the science teacher in the classroom, Ryan Heber, convinced him to drop his weapon and give himself up to police.

Police said Oliver was targeting peers who had bullied him.

Students and parents confirmed that Oliver was frequently teased at school. One student said Oliver was previously kicked out of school for claiming to have a “hit list” of those he intended to kill.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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