Heber's forehead was grazed by a stray pellet, but he was unaware he had been hit and didn't need medical attention.
David Heber, who also lives in Taft, described his son as a "teacher who knows every single one of his students — and not just by name."
He said his son had been teaching science to different grade levels for seven or eight years. The younger Heber was student body president when he went to Taft, his father said.
"I don't think he's ever been in a fight in his life. He can always talk himself out of it," he said.
Associated Press writers Sue Manning and John Antczak in Los Angeles contributed to this report.
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