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.
10 people were injured, including three children according to Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston.
The rampage began shortly before 8 a.m. when the gunman fatally shot a neighbor he had been accused of stabbing in January, Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said.
Shortly afterward, the gunman rammed through the gate of Rancho Tehama Elementary School about 2 miles away and spent about six minutes shooting into the building, striking at least one student, Johnston said.
Surveillance video showed the gunman, who was not identified, trying unsuccessfully to enter the school, authorities said.
School officials’ swift decision to lock the doors after hearing gunfire was “monumental” in saving the lives of countless children, Johnston said. No one was killed there.
The gunman left the school after he could not get inside and purposely crashed the stolen truck he was driving into another vehicle and shot at its occupants, Johnston said.
One student was wounded at the school and another child was shot while driving with a woman, who also was wounded, Johnston said.
The shooter stole the car of a person who stopped to check on the crash and ran away when confronted with a gun. He continued the rampage until police shot him about 45 minutes after it started, Johnston said.
“This man was very, very bent on completing what he set out to do,” the assistant sheriff said.
The shootings occurred in the rural community of Rancho Tehama Reserve, a homeowners association of modest houses and trailers in rolling oak woodlands dotted with grazing cattle 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 a day earlier. Officials did not specify who was involved or what happened.
The shooter was shot and killed by law enforcement, officials confirmed.
There are about 100 law enforcement officials at least seven different locations where the shooter opened fire. At least a dozen evidence technicians wearing white coveralls and yellow boots are working at an elementary school alone collecting evidence.
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.”
Here is part of an interview with the man who says his truck was stolen and his roommate was shot and killed by the alleged shooter who is described as a known felon in his 50’s named Kevin. #RanchoTehamashooting pic.twitter.com/ZNdwmdOwU7
— Sara Stinson (@SaraStinsonNews) November 14, 2017
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.”
Acting California Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in response to the shooting.
“Jennifer and I once again join the people of California in extending our deepest condolences to the loved ones of victims lost to a senseless barrage of gun violence, this time at an elementary school and other locations in Rancho Tehama. Our collective hearts ache for this California community on this darkest of days – and we pledge to never forget those affected and to never stop working on their behalf to prevent future gun tragedies.
“This tragedy is a stark reminder that, while California moves to implement and enforce the toughest gun safety protections in the nation, we will never truly stem the national epidemic of indiscriminate gun violence until Congress starts valuing human life ahead of the national gun lobby and offers immediate action, not empty platitudes.”
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