Four people are killed
and 10 others wounded after a gunman shooting at random opens fire at an elementary school and six other locations in Northern California.
Authorities said four people were killed and 10 others wounded Tuesday after a gunman, shooting at random, opened fire at an elementary school and six other locations in Northern California.
At least two children were shot and injured, one of them at the school, police said. The gunman was then killed by a pair of law enforcement officers who responded to the carnage in what police described as a “very widespread area.”
This latest shooting to terrorize a community began shortly before 8 a.m. in Rancho Tehama Reserve, about 130 miles north of Sacramento, Phil Johnston, an assistant sheriff in Tehama County, told reporters.
Police received “multiple 911 calls of multiple different shooting sites, including the elementary school,” he said.
“It was very clear early on that we had a subject that was randomly picking targets,” Johnston said.
Witnesses reported hearing gunshots and children screaming at an elementary school about five miles down a road from where the shooting is believed to have started.
Johnston said police did not know what might have motivated the attack. Police have not confirmed the shooter’s identity, but the mother of the gunman said her son called her a day earlier and told her “it’s all over now.”
Kevin Neal’s mother, who identified herself as Anne, told The Associated Press in a phone interview from her home in Raleigh, N.C., that her son was frustrated by constant feuding with his neighbors and told her “I’m on a cliff and there’s nowhere to go.”
Johnston said there was an ongoing “neighborhood dispute” involving the attacker, who had a residence in Rancho Tehama.
No children were killed in the rampage, Johnston said, but at least two were injured. One child was shot and wounded at the school. Another child was shot in a truck “that was driving down the road along with a female adult,” he said.
Both children were among those taken to area hospitals.
Several people were wounded at the school, said Jeanine Quist, an administrative assistant with the Corning Union Elementary School District.
Johnston said the gunman shot a person, stole a pickup truck and went on a shooting rampage. He said after crashing the truck, the suspect hijacked a second vehicle and kept shooting people at random, including children.
After the shooting, Johnston said police recovered a semiautomatic rifle and two handguns believed to have been the shooter’s.
Gov. Jerry Brown said in a statement that he and his wife were “saddened to hear about today’s violence in Tehama County, which shockingly involved schoolchildren. We offer our condolences to the families who lost loved ones and unite with all Californians in grief.”
Californians embrace outside the school after the shooting. Officers killed the suspect.