Calif. gun­man kills 4, wounds schoolkids

New York Post - - NEWS - Joe Ta­copino

A man went on a gun ram­page in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia on Tues­day, leav­ing four peo­ple dead and two chil­dren wounded near an el­e­men­tary school.

The gun­man was killed by po­lice of­fi­cers af­ter a spree that in­cluded driv­ing around the town of Ran­cho Te­hama and “ran­domly pick­ing tar­gets,” ac­cord­ing to the county sher­iff ’s of­fice.

The Te­hama County sher­iff said the killer at­tempted to en­ter an el­e­men­tary school, but failed be­cause it had been put on lock­down amid re­ports of the ram­page.

“The shooter took his ve­hi­cle and rammed their fence and gate and en­tered the grounds on foot with a semi­au­to­matic ri­fle,” the sher­iff said. “It ap­pears he couldn’t make ac­cess to the room and he gave up and re-en­tered the ve­hi­cle.”

The car­nage be­gan at 8 a.m. when the uniden­ti­fied man opened fire at a home in Red­ding.

He then stole a pickup truck and start­ing driv­ing north, where he con­tin­ued to shoot peo­ple.

A woman and her child were wounded in their ve­hi­cle while driv­ing near the Ran­cho Te­hama El­e­men­tary School.

Af­ter the gun­man was un­able to en­ter the school, he en­gaged in a shootout with of­fi­cers and was killed in his ve­hi­cle.

Au­thor­i­ties re­cov­ered a semi­au­to­matic ri­fle and two hand­guns.

Two hos­pi­tals said they were treat­ing a to­tal of seven gun­shot vic­tims.

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