Gun­man tar­geted neigh­bors then con­tin­ued ram­page

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - NEWS - By DON THOMP­SON and PAUL ELIAS

RAN­CHO TE­HAMA RE­SERVE, Calif. — A North­ern Cal­i­for­nia man killed two neigh­bors with whom he was feud­ing be­fore he went on a shoot­ing ram­page Tues­day at ap­par­ent ran­dom sites — in­clud­ing an ele­men­tary school that suc­cess­fully locked him out — in a se­ries of at­tacks where he killed two more peo­ple and in­jured 10 be­fore po­lice fa­tally shot him, of­fi­cials said.

Po­lice said sur­veil­lance video shows the shooter un­suc­cess­fully try­ing to en­ter a nearby ele­men­tary school af­ter staff mem­bers locked the out­side doors and bar­ri­caded them­selves in­side when they heard gun­shots.

Te­hama County As­sis­tant Sher­iff Phil John­ston said the gun­man spent about six min­utes shoot­ing into Ran­cho Te­hama Ele­men­tary School be­fore driv­ing off to con­tinue shoot­ing else­where. John­ston said one stu­dent was shot and in­jured and is ex­pected to sur­vive.

He said the 45-minute spree ended when a pa­trol car rammed the stolen ve­hi­cle the shooter was driv­ing and killed him in a shootout. John­ston said the shooter was fac­ing charges of as­sault­ing one of the feud­ing neigh­bors in Jan­uary and that she had a re­strain­ing or­der against him.

“I think the mo­tive of get­ting even with his neigh­bors and when it went that far — he just went on a ram­page,” John­ston said. He said there was a “do­mes­tic vi­o­lence” re­port Mon­day in­volv­ing the gun­man, but didn’t pro­vide any fur­ther de­tails.

At least one of the vic­tims has life-threat­en­ing in­juries, he said.

John­ston de­clined to iden­tify the shooter un­til his rel­a­tives were no­ti­fied, but he con­firmed the gun­man was charged with as­sault in Jan­uary and had a re­strain­ing or­der placed against him.

The shoot­ings oc­curred in the ru­ral com­mu­nity of Ran­cho Te­hama Re­serve, a home­own­ers as­so­ci­a­tion about 130 miles north of Sacramento.

John­ston said the shooter was armed with a semi­au­to­matic ri­fle and two hand­guns at seven lo­ca­tions. He said an­other weapon was seen in one of the ve­hi­cles he drove but hadn’t been re­cov­ered yet.

Associated Press

Two women em­brace out­side Ran­cho Te­hama Ele­men­tary School, where a gun­man opened fire Tues­day.

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