TAFT, Calif. (AP) — The victim of a high school shooting in Central California testified that his classmate smiled after shooting him.
Bowe Cleveland, 18, said Bryan Oliver approached him as he lay on the ground in the back of the classroom at Taft Union High School in Kern County where he was shot on Jan. 10, 2013 and struggled to breathe, the Bakersfield Californian (http://bit.ly/1qIJK1x) reported.
Cleveland had been shot in the chest with a shotgun. He said he told Oliver he didn't need to shoot again.
"I told him he had killed me," Cleveland said from the stand Thursday. "I was going to die."
Cleveland testified that Oliver smiled and responded, "I know."
Authorities say Oliver, then 16, also shot at another student, Jacob Nichols, before he put the weapon down. He has pleaded not guilty to two counts of attempted murder.
His attorney, Deputy Public Defender Paul Cadman, told jurors during his opening statement that Oliver had been bullied and snapped.
"He ticks and ticks and ticks and ticks," Cadman said. "And one day he blows. He snaps."
Cleveland said he had not bullied Oliver. He was placed in a medically induced coma for almost two weeks after the shooting and testified that he has had 16 or 17 surgeries.
Information from: The Bakersfield Californian, http://www.bakersfield.com