My aunt works for the department and said that kid was the one that made a hit list last year and he's in custody—
Jordyy Yarbrough (@lilJay_32) January 10, 2013
Since news broke of this morning’s shooting at Taft Union High School in Taft, Calif., Twitter has been flooded with rumors from Taft students and members of the community. One rumor that persists is that the shooter had a “hit list” last year.
The shooter had a god damn hit list last year. Wish Taft high coulda been more conscious about that.—
Jeff Andrews (@CaliBlueBlood) January 10, 2013
The rumored shooter, again according to Taft students, may be a junior at the school who created a hit list last year. Again: rumors rumors.—
Brian Ries Verified! (@moneyries) January 10, 2013
This is crazy I sat next to the kid last year in foods class when He made that hit list and everything.—
Kevin Chavez (@TryForSaturday) January 10, 2013
Brian Oliver has been named by several students as the shooting suspect in custody, but that has not been confirmed. (Update: The correct spelling of Oliver’s first name appears to be “Bryan.”)
I heard Bowe Cleveland got shot in the shoulder. By the kid who made the hit list last year.. Not sure if it's true, but that's what I heard—
Miranda Landreth (@TryForMiranda) January 10, 2013
Authorities have also not confirmed that Bowe Cleveland, the person named in the previous tweet, is indeed one of the shooting victims.
The Kern County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that the suspect was a student, as was one of the victims. Was the suspect’s past behavior not taken seriously enough?
Twitchy will monitor the rumors and provide confirmation when it becomes available.
Some Twitter users are suggesting that the suspect was suspended for the hit list incident.
Didn't Brian Oliver make a hit list last year and only got suspended for only 5 days??—
Tiffanyy❤ (@Tiffanysueee) January 10, 2013
Some Twitter users are posting this photo. Twitchy cannot confirm that this is the alleged shooter.
Update, January 11th, 6:26 a.m. ET:
KGET is reporting that Bryan Oliver is the name of the suspected shooter.
USA Today is reporting that Bowe Cleveland was the student who was shot.
These reports are consistent with what Twitchy reported early yesterday afternoon.