RED BLUFF, Calif. — A gunman selecting targets at random opened hearth in a rural Northern California city Tuesday (Nov. 14), killing 4 individuals at a number of websites and wounding others at an elementary faculty earlier than police shot him lifeless, authorities stated.
The gunfire started round eight a.m. locally of Rancho Tehama Reserve, about one hundred thirty miles north of Sacramento.
“It was very clear on the onset that we had a person that was randomly choosing targets,” Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston stated.
Witnesses reported listening to gunshots and youngsters screaming at an elementary faculty about 5 miles down a street from the place the capturing is believed to have began.
A number of individuals have been wounded on the faculty, stated Jeanine Quist, an administrative assistant with the Corning Union Elementary Faculty District.
Salvador Tello stated the gunman fired at a truck in entrance of him as he was dropping off his three youngsters. Tello stated he was about three blocks from the varsity when bullets made “huge holes” within the truck in entrance of him.
He stated he pressured his youngsters to duck down and slammed his truck into reverse and headed to the youngsters’s grandmother’s home.
“I put my youngsters down and put my truck in reverse and went out,” he stated. “I do not consider it as a result of I get up, take my youngsters, feed them cereal and put them within the truck and says ‘Let’s go to high school like a traditional day.'”
On the best way, he stated, he noticed an obvious gunshot sufferer and police at one other scene.
Particulars have been nonetheless sketchy hours after the shootings, and authorities didn’t have a agency rely of the wounded because of the variety of locations the gunman attacked, Johnston stated.
Authorities recovered a semi-automated rifle and two handguns.
The agricultural subdivision is described on its web site as a “quiet personal nation group” the place “the individuals are pleasant and the tempo is relaxed.” The home-owner affiliation’s web site says there are 2,016 tons locally and 1,346 voting members.
Two hospitals stated they have been treating a complete of seven gunshot victims, together with a minimum of three youngsters.
At the least one scholar was wounded on the faculty. One other youngster was shot whereas driving with a lady, who additionally was wounded, Johnston stated.
He declined to launch the identify of the shooter however stated he was “conscious” of a home violence incident that neighbors reported.
Brian Flint informed the Document Searchlight newspaper within the metropolis of Redding that his neighbor, whom he is aware of solely as Kevin, was the gunman and that his roommate was among the many victims. He stated the shooter additionally stole his truck.
“The loopy factor is that the neighbor has been capturing a variety of bullets recently, lots of of rounds, giant magazines,” Flint stated. “We made it conscious that this man is loopy and he is been threatening us.”