A student was shot and critically wounded by a classmate at Taft Union High School in Kern County Thursday morning.
Authorities said a 16-year-old boy armed with a 12-gauge shotgun walked into a science class around 9 a.m. and shot a male student after a brief conversation.
The suspect then fired at a second student, but missed.
Officials said the shooter was a student who had originally been listed as absent.
He walked into the school and his first-period class with the shotgun.