"He's very intelligent, and maybe this will show others that it's not a good thing to bully others," said one unnamed neighbor.
"He was a good student. He would answer a lot of questions in class. He was really quiet," said former student Jasline Reyes, who was in the suspect's French class two years ago.
But, Jasline Reyes' sister observed a side of the suspect that she did not know quiet what to make of.
"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," said former student Isarai Reyes.
Asked, if she ever reported those drawings to school officials, Isarai Reyes said she didn't take it seriously at the time.
"Never saw that coming," she said.
Sheriff's investigators haven't said much about the suspect, but may have shed some light on the motive for his actions.
"Our 16-year-old student suspect has felt like he's been bullied for some time by a couple of students," said Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood.
Others who know the student confirmed that.
The sheriff's office said Friday morning that the alleged shooter has been booked into juvenile hall. It will hand the case over to the District Attorney's office Monday and recommend two counts of attempted murder and one count of assault with a deadly weapon.