Five dead as gun­man opens fire at school


Manchester Evening News - - WORLD -

A SE­RIES of shoot­ings in ru­ral north­ern Cal­i­for­nia have left five peo­ple dead – in­clud­ing the gun­man, au­thor­i­ties say.

Two chil­dren were among the wounded, it was con­firmed.

Te­hama County As­sis­tant Sher­iff Phil Johnston said one child was shot at a school, and an­other was shot while rid­ing in a pick-up truck with a woman who was also wounded.

Mr Johnston says the gun­man was “ran­domly pick­ing tar­gets”.

He said there were seven shoot­ing scenes in and around the school in Ran­cho Te­hama Re­serve, about 130 miles north of Sacra­mento and that there may be more vic­tims. In­ves­ti­ga­tors have re­cov­ered a semi-au­to­matic ri­fle and two hand­guns. Jeanine Quist, an ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant with the Corn­ing Union El­e­men­tary School District, says no-one was killed at the school, but a “num­ber” of stu­dents were shot and wounded.

Brian Flint said that his room­mate was among the vic­tims and that his neigh­bour was the gun­man.

He told the Record Search­light news­pa­per in the city of Red­ding that his neigh­bour, whom he knew only as Kevin, also stole his lorry.

He said he and his room-mate told au­thor­i­ties that their neigh­bour was act­ing “crazy” and threat­en­ing them.

Mr Flint said he had been shoot­ing “hun­dreds of rounds” from large mag­a­zines.

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