Gunman shot dead in US spree
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.