Man kills four in Cal­i­for­nia shoot­ing spree

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RED BLUFF, Calif. — A gun­man choos­ing tar­gets at ran­dom opened fire in a ru­ral North­ern Cal­i­for­nia town Tues­day, killing four peo­ple at sev­eral sites and wound­ing oth­ers at an ele­men­tary school be­fore po­lice shot him dead, au­thor­i­ties said.

The gun­fire be­gan around 8 a.m. in the com­mu­nity of Ran­cho Te­hama Re­serve, about 210 kilo­me­tres north of Sacramento.

Po­lice of­fered no im­me­di­ate word on the as­sailant’s mo­tive, but a sher­iff ’s of­fi­cial said the shooter’s neigh­bours had re­ported a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dent.

“It was very clear at the on­set that we had an in­di­vid­ual that was ran­domly pick­ing tar­gets,” Te­hama County As­sis­tant Sher­iff Phil John­ston said.

De­tails were still sketchy hours af­ter the shoot­ings, and au­thor­i­ties did not have a firm count of the wounded be­cause of the num­ber of places the gun­man at­tacked, John­ston said.

Au­thor­i­ties re­cov­ered a semi-au­to­matic ri­fle and two hand­guns.

Two hospi­tals said they were treat­ing a to­tal of seven gun­shot vic­tims, in­clud­ing at least three chil­dren.

At least one stu­dent was wounded at the school. An­other child was shot while in a ve­hi­cle with a woman, who also was wounded, John­ston said.

He de­clined to re­lease the name of the shooter but said he was “aware” of a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dent that neigh­bours re­ported.

Brian Flint told the Record Search­light news­pa­per in the city of Red­ding that his neigh­bour, whom he knows only as Kevin, was the gun­man and that his room­mate was among the vic­tims.

He said the shooter also stole his truck.

“The crazy thing is that the neigh­bour has been shoot­ing a lot of bul­lets lately, hun­dreds of rounds, large mag­a­zines,” Flint said. “We made it aware that this guy is crazy and he’s been threat­en­ing us.”

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