Series of shootings in Northern California kills 5, injures kids

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TEHAMA COUNTY (KRON) — A gunman killed four people and wounded a number of others, including elementary school students, Tuesday at multiple locations in Tehama County, before police shot him dead, authorities said.

Deputies received a report of shots fired at around 8 a.m. at Rancho Tehama Elementary school, said Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston.

At least 10 people were injured, including three children, according to Johnston.

One student was wounded at the school and another child was shot while driving with a woman, who also was wounded, Johnston said.

“It was very clear at the onset that we had an individual that was randomly picking targets,” Johnston said.

Crime tape blocks off Rancho Tehama Road leading into the Rancho Tehama subdivision south of Red Bluff, Calif., following a fatal shooting on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. (Jim Schultz/The Record Searchlight via AP)

The gunman shot a person, stole a pickup truck and went on a shooting rampage. After crashing the truck, the suspect hijacked a second vehicle and kept shooting people at random, including children.

Johnston declined to release the name of the shooter but said the gunfire began with a domestic violence incident that neighbors reported.

The suspected shooter was shot and killed by law enforcement, officials confirmed.

Sheriff’s officials say the students are now at a safe location.

The shooting began at a home near the elementary school in Rancho Tehama Reserve, about 130 miles north of Sacramento.

There are about 100 law enforcement officials at least seven different locations where the shooter opened fire.

Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston says the gunman had a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns and was randomly picking targets.


Jeanine Quist, an administrative assistant with the Corning Union Elementary School District, says no one was killed at the school but a number of students were shot and wounded.

Brian Flint spoke with KHSL and said the alleged gunman was his neighbor and he shot and killed his roommate.

“The crazy thing is that the neighbor has been shooting a lot of bullets lately, hundreds of rounds, large magazines,” Flint told KHSL. “And we’ve made it aware that this guy has been crazy, and he’s been threatening us and everything like that.”

He described the alleged shooter as a man in his 50s named Kevin who also stole his truck.

Governor Brown has issued the following statement regarding the shooting in Tehama County:

“Anne and I are 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.”

Further details are unavailable at this time.


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