Mas­sacre averted

Otago Daily Times - - WORLD -

Sacra­mento: A gun­man in the United States was stopped from go­ing on a mas­sacre of school chil­dren yes­ter­day af­ter staff at the Cal­i­for­nia school put the build­ing into lock­down.

Lo­cal po­lice said the man opened fire in a tiny, ru­ral town 160km north of Sacra­mento, killing four peo­ple and wound­ing at least 10 oth­ers, in­clud­ing a school pupil, be­fore po­lice shot him dead.

The ram­page be­gan shortly be­fore 8am lo­cal time when the gun­man, iden­ti­fied as 43­year­old Kevin Jan­son Neal, fa­tally shot a neigh­bour he had been ac­cused of stab­bing in Jan­uary, a sher­iff’s spokesman said.

Shortly af­ter­ward, he rammed through the gate of Ran­cho Te­hama El­e­men­tary School and spent about six min­utes shoot­ing into the build­ing, the spokesman said. — AP

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