Surgeon: Student shot at Taft High School expected to survive

TAFT, Calif. - The shooting victim from Taft High School was taken to Kern Medical Center and is recovering from surgery.

The victim has been placed in a medically induced coma.

Officials said his surgery took about an hour to hour and a half to complete, but the surgeon, Doctor Ruby Skinner said he will need several more surgeries.

Skinner told 23ABC that the student was struck at a close-range by a gun shot wound to his right shoulder.

He lost 16 pints of blood.

Since the student was a, "big guy," and "young," Skinner said that is working in his favor. Skinner said if he was in his 50's or 60's, he likely wouldn't not have survived.

Skinner said when they got word of the school shooting, they made all resources available. They didn't know if there were going to be mass casualties, so they were prepared for the worse.

Skinner said thankfully they were able to put all resources on deck for the shooting victim.

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