Five dead, 10 hurt in gun­man’s ram­page in town near Red Bluff.

The Mercury News - - Front Page - By Red Bluff Daily News The Wash­ing­ton Post con­trib­uted to this re­port.

RAN­CHO TEHAMA >> Five peo­ple have re­port­edly been killed and 10 in­jured in a string of shoot­ings that be­gan around 8 a.m. Tues­day at Ran­cho Tehama Reserve, south­west of Red Bluff.

Law en­force­ment told re­porters at the scene there were shots fired in seven lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing Ran­cho Tehama School.

At least two chil­dren were shot and in­jured, one of them at the school, po­lice said. The gun­man was then killed by law en­force­ment of­fi­cers who re­sponded to the car­nage un­fold­ing across what po­lice de­scribed as a “very wide­spread area.”

The shoot­ing be­gan shortly be­fore 8 a.m., Phil John­ston, an as­sis­tant sheriff in Tehama County, told re­porters.

Po­lice re­ceived “mul­ti­ple 911 calls of mul­ti­ple dif­fer­ent shoot­ing sites, in­clud­ing the el­e­men­tary school” in Ran­cho Tehama Reserve, a small area about 135 miles north of Sacra­mento, he said.

“It was very clear early on that we had a sub­ject that was ran­domly pick­ing tar­gets,” John­ston said.

The school had been se­cured as of 10 a.m. and the chil­dren moved to the Re­cre­ation Hall. Au­thor­i­ties were work­ing to no­tify par­ents.

John­ston said the shoot­ings ap­pear to have been ini­ti­ated dur­ing a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dent in­volv­ing neigh­bors, but no fur­ther de­tails were re­leased.

Brian Flint, 27, said his truck was stolen from his res­i­dence while he was not home and used in the shoot­ing. He told the Daily News his room­mate was among those killed.

Flint said the sus­pect had fired shots late at night and in the early morn­ing on sev­eral oc­ca­sions over the last month.

The shoot­ing be­gan at the end of Fawn Lane near Bob­cat Lane, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cers at the scene. Shots also were fired at Ran­cho Tehama Road near the in­ter­sec­tion with Paskenta Road, where two peo­ple who did not know the shooter were shot in a gray Ford pickup truck.

The oc­cu­pants of the gray pickup were a woman and a child and both were trans­ported to the hos­pi­tal.

En­loe Med­i­cal Cen­ter said it had five pa­tients from the shoot­ing, three of whom were treated and re­leased Tues­day. Two re­mained hos­pi­tal­ized by the af­ter­noon, ac­cord­ing to a spokes­woman for the hos­pi­tal. While their ages were not im­me­di­ately avail­able, the hos­pi­tal had said ear­lier in the day it was treat­ing at least three chil­dren.

An­other vic­tim was re­port­edly shot at the cor­ner of Stage­coach Road and Oak Park Road, ac­cord­ing to scan­ner re­ports.

The en­tire Ran­cho Tehama Reserve is locked down and no­body was be­ing al­lowed in or out as of 10 a.m. The road was opened to me­dia shortly af­ter noon, but re­mained closed to the pub­lic. About 100 of­fi­cers were at the scene and some con­tin­ued to search for vic­tims, ac­cord­ing to scan­ner re­ports.

Gov. Jerry Brown said in a state­ment Tues­day 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.”


Bul­let holes can be seen in a pickup that was shot at in Tehama County on Tues­day morn­ing.

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