Shoot­ings in Cal­i­for­nia town leave at least 5 dead, 10 in­jured

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICA - By LIA ZHU in San Fran­cisco li­azhu@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

A se­ries of shoot­ings on Tues­day morn­ing has left at least five peo­ple dead, in­clud­ing the shooter, and at least 10 oth­ers in­jured in a ru­ral com­mu­nity in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia’s Te­hama County.

The gun­fire, which be­gan with a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dent around 8 am, de­vel­oped into a shoot­ing ram­page at seven sep­a­rate lo­ca­tions near the town of Red Bluff, 180 miles north of San Fran­cisco, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice.

The gun­man stole a truck and went on a shoot­ing spree. He crashed the first ve­hi­cle and then stole a sec­ond one.

The shoot­ings ended at the Ran­cho Te­hama ele­men­tary school, leav­ing a 6-year-old stu­dent in­jured. The sus­pect was shot and killed by of­fi­cers who con­fronted him. The whole sit­u­a­tion lasted around 45 min­utes.

At least 10 in­jured peo­ple, in­clud­ing three mi­nors, were ad­mit­ted into three area hospi­tals. No chil­dren were among the dead.

Te­hama County As­sis­tant Sher­iff Phil John­ston said it was clear early on the shooter was ran­domly pick­ing tar­gets through­out the iso­lated com­mu­nity, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by lo­cal me­dia Red Bluff Daily.

Au­thor­i­ties have yet to con­firm the shooter’s iden­tity, but lo­cal res­i­dents say they were told the shooter was Kevin Jan­son Neal, 43, of Ran­cho Te­hama.

Brian Flint, a lo­cal res­i­dent, told CBS that his room­mate was among the vic­tims, and the sus­pect was his neigh­bor, whom he knew only as Kevin. He said the neigh­bor had been shoot­ing hun­dreds of rounds from large mag­a­zines.

Law en­force­ment of­fi­cials said the sus­pect had a his­tory of neigh­bor­hood dis­putes and may have been re­leased on bond for a pre­vi­ous in­ci­dent. It’s not clear at this stage whether the man was li­censed to carry a gun.

Cal­i­for­nia Gov­er­nor Jerry Brown ex­pressed his con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims in a state­ment.

RICH PEDRONCELLI / AP

Two women em­brace out­side Ran­cho Te­hama Ele­men­tary School, where a gun­man opened fire Tues­day in Corn­ing, Cal­i­for­nia. Au­thor­i­ties said that the gun­man, choos­ing tar­gets at ran­dom, opened fire in a ru­ral North­ern Cal­i­for­nia town, killing four peo­ple at sev­eral sites and wound­ing oth­ers at the ele­men­tary school be­fore po­lice shot him dead.

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