Gun­man shot dead in US spree

Irish Examiner - - Front Page - Don Thom­son and Paul Elias

A gun­man choos­ing tar­gets at ran­dom opened fire in a ru­ral Cal­i­for­nia town yes­ter­day, killing four peo­ple at sev­eral sites and wound­ing oth­ers at a pri­mary school, be­fore po­lice shot him dead.

The gun­fire be­gan at about 8am in the Ran­cho Te­hama Re­serve, about 200km north of Sacra­mento.

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

Wit­nesses re­ported hear­ing gun­shots and chil­dren scream­ing at a pri­mary school about five miles down a road from where the shoot­ing is be­lieved to have started.

Sev­eral peo­ple were wounded at the school, said Jeanine Quist, an ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant with the Corn­ing Union El­e­men­tary School District.

Sal­vador Tello said the gun­man fired at a truck in front of him as he was drop­ping off his three chil­dren.

Mr Tello said he was close to the school when bul­lets made “big holes” in the truck in front of him.

Brian Flint told the Record Search­light news­pa­per in the city of Red­ding his neigh­bour, who he knows only as Kevin, was the gun­man, and his room­mate was among the vic­tims. He said the gun­man also stole his truck.

“The crazy thing is that the neigh­bour has been shoot­ing a lot of bul­lets lately, hun­dreds of rounds, large mag­a­zines,” Mr Flint said.

“We made it aware that this guy is crazy and he’s been threat­en­ing us.”

Mean­while, po­lice have sealed off an area in Tampa where a fourth per­son has been shot to death, pos­si­bly by a se­rial killer.

Tampa po­lice say they im­me­di­ately set up a perime­ter yes­ter­day morn­ing around the Semi­nole Heights district af­ter find­ing the body of 60year-old Ron­ald Fel­ton.

Po­lice spokesman Steve He­garty said de­tec­tive scan not im­me­di­ately say whether the shoot­ing is re­lated to last month’s killings when three peo­ple were mur­dered dur­ing a 10-day pe­riod.

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