Gun­man pick­ing ran­dom tar­gets kills 4 in Cal­i­for­nia

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - FROM PAGE ONE - By Don Thompson and Paul Elias

RED BLUFF, CALIF.— A gun­man choos­ing tar­gets at ran­dom opened fire in a ru­ral North­ern Cal­i­for­nia town Tues­day, killing four peo­ple at sev­eral sites and wound­ing oth­ers at an el­e­men­tary school be­fore po­lice shot him dead, au­thor­i­ties said.

The gun­fire be­gan around 8 a.m. in the com­mu­nity of Ran­cho Tehama Reserve, about 130 miles north of Sacra­mento.

Po­lice of­fered no im­me­di­ate word on the as­sailant’s mo­tive, but a sheriff ’s of­fi­cial said the shooter’s neigh­bors had re­ported a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dent.

“It was very clear at the on­set that we had an in­di­vid­ual that was ran­domly pick­ing tar­gets,” Tehama County As­sis­tant Sheriff Phil 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.

Sev­eral peo­ple were wounded at the school, said Jea­nine Quist, an ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant with the Corn­ing Union El­e­men­tary School District.

Sal­vador Tello said the gun­man fired at a truck in front of him as he was drop­ping off his three chil­dren. Tello said he was about three blocks from the school when bul­lets made “big holes” in the truck in front of him.

De­tails were still sketchy hours af­ter the shoot­ings, and au­thor­i­ties did not have a firm count of the wounded due to the num­ber of places the gun­man at­tacked, John­ston said.

Two hos­pi­tals said they were treat­ing a to­tal of seven gun­shot vic­tims, in­clud­ing at least three chil­dren.

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