Gun­man kills at least four in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia ram­page,

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Don Thomp­son and Paul Elias

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.”

RICH PE­DRON­CELLI / AP

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.

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