Cal­i­for­nia shoot­ing: four dead and at least one child wounded at school

The Guardian Australia - - News / World News - Sam Levin in San Fran­cisco

A gun­man in Cal­i­for­nia fired at ran­dom vic­tims on Tues­day, killing four peo­ple at mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions and in­jur­ing at least one child at an el­e­men­tary school, po­lice said.

Au­thor­i­ties have not named the shooter but said he was killed by law en­force­ment af­ter fir­ing shots in nu­mer­ous places in a ru­ral area in north­ern Cal­i­for­nia, in­clud­ing Te­hama el­e­men­tary school.

“It was very clear at the on­set that we had an in­di­vid­ual that was ran­domly pick­ing tar­gets,” said as­sis­tant sher­iff Phil John­ston, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported.

Two hos­pi­tals were treat­ing a to­tal of seven peo­ple, in­clud­ing at least three chil­dren, ac­cord­ing to the AP, which re­ported that one stu­dent was wounded at the school and an­other child and a woman were hit while driv­ing.

Of­fi­cials said there were calls of “mul­ti­ple shots fired” around 8am lo­cal time in Ran­cho Te­hama, an area three hours north of San Fran­cisco.

“That evolved to mul­ti­ple vic­tims and mul­ti­ple shots at the el­e­men­tary school,” John­ston told re­porters ear­lier.

John­ston said po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing at least five crime scenes, adding: “The school has been cleared. We have the chil­dren that were at­tend­ing school in a safe lo­ca­tion.

“We are spread thin,” he said. John­ston also told re­porters that he was “aware” of a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dent in­volv­ing the sus­pect, which neigh­bors had re­ported.

Au­thor­i­ties said they re­cov­ered a semi-au­to­matic ri­fle and two hand­guns.

The shoot­ing hap­pened the same day that fam­ily mem­bers of the Sandy Hook el­e­men­tary school shoot­ing vic­tims were in court in a case chal­leng­ing gun com­pa­nies for mar­ket­ing and sell­ing an AR-15-style ri­fle. That weapon was used to kill 20 chil­dren and six adults in De­cem­ber 2012 in New­town, Con­necti­cut, in one of the worst mass shoot­ings in Amer­ica.

The fam­i­lies face an up­hill bat­tle due to a 2005 law that pro­tects gun man­u­fac­tur­ers from li­a­bil­ity when their weapons are mis­used by crim­i­nals.

The north­ern Cal­i­for­nia shoot­ing hap­pened less than two weeks af­ter a gun­man used an AR-15-style ri­fle to kill 25 peo­ple, in­clud­ing many chil­dren, at a church in Suther­land Springs, Texas. In Las Ve­gas weeks ear­lier, 58 peo­ple were killed and hun­dreds more in­jured in the dead­li­est mass shoot­ing in mod­ern US his­tory.

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Crime tape blocks off Ran­cho Te­hama Road. Pho­to­graph: Net­wor/Sipa USA/Rex/ Shut­ter­stock

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