At least 4 dead after gunman 'randomly picking targets' goes on shooting rampage in Northern California
November 14 at 5:09 PM Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said at multiple people were killed and several students at a school were injured after a shooting in rural Northern California on Nov. 14. He also said the shooter had been killed by law enforcement. (KRCR)
Authorities said at least four people were killed Tuesday morning in Northern California after a gunman shooting at random opened fire at an elementary school and several other locations.
Ten people were injured and taken to local area hospitals, including at least two children, one of whom was at the elementary school, police said. The gunman was then killed by law enforcement officers who responded to the carnage unfolding across what police described as a âvery widespread area.â
This latest active shooting to terrorize a community began shortly befor e 8 a.m., Phil Johnston, an assistant sheriff in Tehama County, told reporters.
Police received âmultiple 911 calls of multiple different shooting sites, including the elementary schoolâ in Rancho Tehama Reserve, a small area about 135 miles north of Sacramento, he said.
âIt was very clear early on that we had a subject that was randomly picking targets,â Johnston said.
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Johnston said police did not immediately know what may have motivated the attack, which stretched across at least seven locations. Officials believe they have identified the shooter, though they were working to confirm the manâs name, Johnston said.
The gunman, who was previously known to law enforcement, did not appear to have any âreal connection to any of the victim s,â Johnston said.
While details about what led up to the gunfire remained unclear, Johnston said authorities were told by neighbors that âthere was a domestic violence incidentâ involving the suspected attacker. He later said police were âaware of reports of a domestic violence incident with this subjectâ the day before the shootings occurred.
Johnston also said there appeared to be an ongoing âneighborhood disputeâ involving the attacker, who had a residence in Rancho Tehama.
After the first shooting on Tuesday morning, Johnston said, the attacker âtook a vehicle and went on a shooting rampage throughout the community.â
No children were killed in the attacks, Johnston said, but at least two boys were injured. One was shot and wounded when the gunman, who was outside the school, began firing a series of rounds into the building. Another was shot in a truck âthat was driving down the road along with a female adultâ who was driving he r kids to school, Johnston said. Both children were among those taken to area hospitals.
Johnston said victims were attacked with no clear explanation. The woman driving her children to school passed the gunmanâs car when âhe opened fire on them without provocation or warning.â
This woman suffered âvery life-threatening wounds,â while her child in the backseat did not suffer life-threatening wounds, Johnston said.
âItâs a very sad day for us here in Tehama County,â Johnston said.Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said at least three people were reported killed and several students at a school were injured after a shooting in rural Northern California on Nov. 14. He also said the shooter had been killed by law enforcement. (Action News Now)
The ages of those killed and wounded were not immediately released by authorities.
Enloe Medical Center said it had five patients from the shooting, three of whom were treated a nd released Tuesday. Two remained hospitalized by the afternoon, according to a spokeswoman for the hospital. While their ages were not immediately available, the hospital had said earlier in the day it was treating at least three children.
After the shooting, Johnston said police recovered a semiautomatic rifle and two handguns believed to be used by the shooter.
The shooting rampage in California comes on the heels of recent mass shootings that erupted at other seemingly safe places across the country. Last week in Texas, a gunman attacked a small church outside San Antonio during Sunday morning services, killing 26 people and injuring 20 others.
A month earlier, a gunman in a high-rise Las Vegas hotel suite opened fire on the crowd at a country-music festival far below, killing 58 and injuring hundreds more in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.
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This latest public shooting occurred in Rancho Te hama Reserve, a rural subdivsion described on its website as âa quiet private country community in the heart of Tehama County, California.â
Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said in a statement that he and his wife were âsaddened to hear about todayâs 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.â
The FBI said it was sending teams to help local authorities respond to the shooting, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it was dispatching special agents to the scene as well.
After the gunfire, worried parents were trying to get to their children at the school, according to a reporter with Action News Now, a local news operation.
A school official in California confirmed on Tuesday that there were injuries following the shooting but did not immediately provide further information.
âThere was an a ctive shooter out there earlier this morning,â said Jeanine Quist, an administrative assistant with the Corning Union Elementary School District. âThere were some confirmed injuries.
âWe are cooperating with local law enforcement â" we donât have any confirmed information at this point,â but a statement from the superintendent will be forthcoming when more is known, she said.
Quist said about 10:30 a.m. local time that parents were able to get to the school to see their children.
Jennifer Jenkins contributed to this report, which has been updated with new information.Source: Google News