Man kills four in California shooting spree
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.”