Taft teenager to be tried as adult for high school shooting

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - A teenager from Taft will be tried as an adult for allegedly shooting a classmate inside their high school, a Kern County judge ruled Wednesday.

Bryan Oliver, who was 16 at the time of the Jan. 10 shooting, is charged with two counts of attempted murder and three counts of assault with a firearm.

Oliver is accused of shooting 16-year-old classmate Bowe Cleveland inside a science classroom, while class was in session. Cleveland suffered chest and abdominal injuries.

Oliver is accused of shooting at another student, Jacob Nichols, but missed. Teacher Ryan Heber received minor injuries, grazed by shotgun pellets.

An investigator from the District Attorney's Office testified last month that students and school administrators confirmed to him the existence of a widely rumored "hit list," compiled by Oliver and containing 30 names of students he wanted to exact revenge on for alleged bullying. The investigator said Cleveland and Nichols were tops on that list.