The student shot at Taft High School Thursday suffered chest and abdominal wounds but is expected to pull through, said Dr. Ruby Skinner, head of trauma at Kern Medical Center.

Skinner told The Californian this afternoon that the student -- whose name has not been released by officials -- arrived at the county hospital this morning with shotgun injuries to the right side of his chest.

"He came in very unstable," Skinner said, "and was taken immediately to the operating room with serious injuries to his chest and intra-abdominal area."

His wounds were repaired, but his injuries included trauma to his lungs and liver, so further surgery will be necessary, she said.

"He's on life support and is stable but still critical," Skinner said.

He is expected to get through this, she added.

"He's a very lucky kid. These are very serious injuries, but he has youth on his side."