Tehama County shootings kill five, wound 10; victims were random targets

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RANCHO TEHAMA RESERVE – A gunman driving stolen vehicles and choosing his targets at random opened hearth “without provocation” in the tiny, rural Northern California town Tuesday, killing 4 people and wounding at least 10 other individuals, such as a student at an elementary school, before police shot him useless, authorities said.

The rampage began shortly before eight a.m. when the gunman fatally shot a neighbor he had been accused of stabbing in January, Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston claimed.

Soon afterward, the gunman rammed through the gate of Rancho Tehama Elementary School about two miles away and invested about six minutes shooting into the building, striking at least just one student, Johnston said.

Surveillance video confirmed the gunman, who was not identified, making an attempt unsuccessfully to enter the school, authorities said.

School officials’ swift selection to lock the doors following listening to gunfire was “monumental” in saving the lives of many children, Johnston stated. No-one was killed there.

The gunman remaining the school just after he could not get within and purposely crashed the stolen truck he was driving into another motor vehicle and shot at its occupants, Johnston explained.

The shooter stole the car of a person who stopped to check within the crash and ran away when confronted with a gun. He continued the rampage until eventually police shot him about 45 minutes just after it started, Johnston explained.

“This guy was extremely, quite bent on completing what he set out to accomplish,” the assistant sheriff mentioned.

The shootings transpired within the rural community of Rancho Tehama Reserve, a homeowners association of modest residences and trailers in rolling oak woodlands dotted with grazing cattle about one hundred thirty miles north of Sacramento.

Police available no rapid word to the assailant’s motive, but a sheriff’s official claimed the shooter’s neighbors had reported a domestic violence incident on a daily basis before. Officers didn’t specify who was associated or what happened.

Brian Flint advised the Record Searchlight newspaper from the town of Redding that his neighbor, whom he appreciates only as Kevin, was the gunman and that his roommate was amongst the victims. He mentioned the shooter stole his truck.

“The insane thing is that the neighbor has actually been shooting many bullets lately, hundreds of rounds, significant journals,” Flint stated. “We made it knowledgeable that this dude is mad and he’s been threatening us.”

Johnston explained officers received several 911 phone calls about gunfire at an intersection of two dust streets during the higher reaches on the sparsely populated community. Minutes afterwards, more calls reporting shots flooded in from different locations, like a small elementary school.

“It was quite very clear in the onset that we had somebody which was randomly picking targets,” Johnston claimed.

Witnesses reported hearing gunshots and children screaming at the school, that has one particular course of students from kindergarten through fifth grade.

Johnston explained the student shot within the school was flown by helicopter to the hospital, and another student was wounded inside a auto to the way to school.

He claimed authorities feel they know the identification in the shooter but declined to launch his title pending more investigation. He appears to have fired a semiautomatic rifle and two handguns at seven locations, authorities reported.

Salvador Tello stated the gunman fired at a truck before him as he went to drop off his a few children at school. Tello mentioned he was about a few blocks from the school when bullets made “big holes” within the truck.

He explained he compelled his children to duck down, slammed his vehicle into reverse and headed to your children’s grandmother’s residence.

“I place my kids down and place my truck in reverse and went out,” he explained. “I do not imagine it, because I awaken, consider my youngsters, feed them cereal and place them from the truck and say, ‘Let’s go to school like a usual working day.’”

Within the way, he mentioned he noticed an apparent gunshot victim and police at another scene.

The agricultural subdivision is explained on its website to be a “quiet private country community” where by “the folks are friendly as well as speed is peaceful.” The home-owner association’s website suggests there are 2,016 a lot inside the community and one,346 voting users.

“It’s pretty silent,” said 14-year resident Vince Broff, who lives about a mile from the school but was kept away from his home for more than 3 hrs.

Before a legislation enforcement crackdown, cannabis farming was common in the isolated location several years ago down and appeared to bring in some criminal offense, but “nothing this severe,” Broff reported.