Gunman kills at least four in Northern California rampage,
A gunRED BLUFF, CALIF. — man choosing targets at ran
dom opened fire in a rural Northern California town Tuesday, killing four people at several sites and wound
ing others at an elementary school before police shot him dead, authorities said.
The gunfire began around 8 a.m. in the community of Rancho Tehama Reserve, about 130 miles north of Sacramento.
Police offered no immediate word on the assailant’s motive, but a sheriff ’s offi- cial said the shooter’s neigh- bors had reported a domestic violence incident.
“It was very clear at the onset that we had an indi- vidual that was randomly picking targets,” Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said. Witnesses reported hear
ing gunshots and children screaming at an elemen- tary school about 5 miles down a road from where the shooting is believed to have started.
Several people were wounded at the school, said Jeanine Quist, an admin- istrative assistant with the Corning Union Elementary
School District. Details were still sketchy hours after the shootings,
and authorities did not have a firm count of the wounded
due to the number of places the gunman attacked, John- ston said.
Authorities recovered a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns.
The rural subdivision is described on its website as a “quiet private country community” where “the people are friendly and the pace is relaxed.” The homeowner association’s website says
there are 2,016 lots in the community and 1,346 voting members.
Two hospitals said they were treating a total of seven gunshot victims, including at least three children.
At least one student was wounded at the school. Another child was shot while driving with a woman, who also was wounded, Johnston said.
He declined to release the name of the shooter but said he was “aware” of a domestic violence incident that neighbors reported.
Brian Flint told the Record Searchlight newspaper in
the city of Redding that his neighbor, whom he knows only as Kevin, was the gunman and that his roommate was among the victims. He said the shooter also stole his truck.
“The crazy thing is that the neighbor has been shooting a lot of bullets lately, hundreds of rounds, large magazines,” Flint said. “We made it aware that this guy is crazy and he’s been threatening us.”
Women embrace near Rancho Tehama Elementary School in Corning, Calif., after a gunman opened fire Tuesday, killing four people at several sites and wounding others at the school before police shot him dead.