TEHAMA COUNTY (KRON) — Tehama County Sheriff’s official said Wednesday that they have found the body of the gunman’s wife found under his house.
This brings the death toll up to six, including the gunman, who was killed by law enforcement.
Kevin Neal’s wife was found under the floorboards of his home, according to Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnson.
They believe she was shot and killed before the rampage.
Neal was out on bail for a charge of stabbing a neighbor and had been the object of complaints from neighbors who said he had been firing off hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
He had been the subject of a domestic violence call the day before the attack.
The rampage began shortly before 8 a.m. when the gunman fatally shot a neighbor he had been accused of stabbing in January.
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.
Surveillance video showed the gunman, who was not identified, trying unsuccessfully to enter the school, authorities said.
School officials say the lockdown at the school saved lives.
The head of the maintenance department for a Northern California school district says a heroic custodian rushed straggling kids inside before a gunman could reach them, yelling “get into the classrooms.”
Randy Morehouse with the Corning Union Elementary School District says the gunman tried repeatedly to get into a kindergarten classroom and fired into the room before he ran off to reload.
Morehouse described a harrowing scene as he walked around the playground at Rancho Tehama Elementary School.
Some windows of tan portables were boarded up Wednesday, a day after Kevin Janson Neal shot up the elementary school, which has about 100 students in kindergarten to fifth grade.
Two officers shot and killed Neal.
Hospital officials say five people shot during a gunman’s deadly rampage on a tiny Northern California town remain hospitalized.
Officials say two men remain hospitalized at Enloe Medical Center in Chico. Two other men are being treated in Mercy Medical Center in Redding.
A hospital official says a child who was shot at the community’s school is in fair condition at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.
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