A gunman rampaged through a small Northern California town on Tuesday, taking aim at people at an elementary school and several other locations, and killing at least four and wounding several others before he was fatally shot by police, the local sheriff’s office said.
There were at least seven separate shooting scenes in or near Rancho Tehama Reserve, an unincorporated community of about 1,500 people, Phil Johnston, assistant sheriff of Tehama County, told reporters. He declined to release the name of the killer, who he said was armed with a semiautomatic rifle and two handguns.
“It was very clear early on that we had a subject that was randomly picking targets,” he said. “We are aware that there was a domestic violence incident as reported by neighbors involving the suspected shooter.”
At least two children were among the wounded. He said the number of people injured was unclear, but local hospitals reported treating seven people who were wounded.
Jeanine Quist, an administrator at the Corning Union Elementary School District, said there were people injured at Rancho Tehama School, an elementary school, but no one there was killed.
In a statement, Gov. Jerry Brown said: “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.”
A man who said he was a neighbor of the gunman told Action News Now, a group of local television stations, that his roommate was one of those killed. The gunman, who seemed mentally unstable, “has been shooting a lot of bullets lately, hundreds of rounds, large magazines,” he said. “He’s been threatening us.”Continue reading the main story
Rancho Tehama Reserve lies in a sparsely populated region of rolling hills between Redding and Chico, more than 100 miles north of Sacramento.
An earlier version of this article described the location of Rancho Tehama Reserve, Calif., incorrectly. It is more than 100 miles north of Sacramento, not more than 200 miles north.