5 dead, students hurt in California home, school shootings

Rancho Tehama Elementary School (Source: Google Maps)

TEHAMA COUNTY, California (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.

Ten people were injured, including three children, according to Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston.

Deputies received a report of shots fired just before 8 a.m. at Rancho Tehama Elementary School. The Tehama County assistant sheriff said the gunman tried to get into rooms at the elementary school to shoot more kids but the lockdown saved lives.

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.

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.

Johnston declined to release the name of the shooter but said the gunfire began with a domestic violence incident that neighbors reported. The assistant sheriff said Tuesday afternoon the four victims include a woman he was previously accused of stabbing. The neighbor had a restraining order against the gunman. He said the neighbor was a woman but gave no other details.

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

There were 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 were working at the school collecting evidence.

Johnston said 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, said 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.

Gov. Jerry Brown has issued this 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.”