Gun­man kills 4, in­jures 10 in Cal­i­for­nia

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - FRONT PAGE - By Mark Ber­man and Su­san Svr­luga

Law en­force­ment of­fi­cers killed the gun­man, who au­thor­i­ties said seemed to have cho­sen his tar­gets at ran­dom.

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 of­fi­cially con­firmed the shooter’s iden­tity, John­ston said, but he added that the per­son was known to law en­force­ment.

While de­tails about what led up to the shoot­ing were un­clear, he said au­thor­i­ties were told by neigh­bors that “there was a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dent” in­volv­ing the sus­pected at­tacker Mon­day. John­ston also said there was an on­go­ing “neigh­bor­hood dis­pute” in­volv­ing the at­tacker, who had a res­i­dence in Ran­cho Te­hama.

“It’s a very sad day for us here in Te­hama County,” John­ston said.

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.”

RICH PEDRONCELLI/AP

Cal­i­for­ni­ans em­brace out­side the school after the shoot­ing. Of­fi­cers killed the sus­pect.

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