Gunman targeted neighbors then continued rampage
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.
Two women embrace outside Rancho Tehama Elementary School, where a gunman opened fire Tuesday.