RANCHO TEHAMA, Calif. — A gunman selecting targets at random opened fireplace in a rural Northern California city Tuesday, killing 4 individuals at a number of websites and wounding others at an elementary faculty earlier than police shot him lifeless, authorities stated. CBS affiliate KHSL-TV reviews the suspect had a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns, and no motive has been declared.
“This is a very tragic event for all of us. There are children involved. It’s an emotional thing,” Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston stated at a Tuesday night press convention.
Authorities say one of many 4 victims killed was a neighbor he was accused of assaulting in January, the Associated Press reviews. Officials have but to establish the gunman.
Johnston says the neighbor had a restraining order towards the gunman. He says the neighbor was a lady however gave no different particulars.
Johnston says the variety of lifeless may go up as a result of it is a rural space and there could also be different victims.
Officials say the gunman was carrying a load bearing vest — just like what troopers put on to hold their ammo.
The gunfire started shortly earlier than eight a.m. in the neighborhood of Rancho Tehama Reserve, about 130 miles north of Sacramento. Officials say the gunman crashed a pickup struck, stole one other automotive after which began capturing. The space is a owners affiliation of modest homes and trailers in rolling oak woodlands dotted with grazing cattle, AP reviews.
Three native hospitals have confirmed to CBS News they’ve acquired a complete of 10 sufferers from the incident. It just isn’t clear if sufferers had been dropped at different hospitals. Jeanine Quist, an administrative assistant with the Corning Union Elementary School District, says nobody was killed on the Rancho Tehama Elementary School Monday morning however a “number” of scholars had been shot and wounded.
Authorities say a gunman tried to get into rooms on the elementary faculty, AP reviews, with the intent of capturing kids however that employees initiated a lockdown that saved lives. Surveillance video reveals the gunman, however hasn’t been launched publicly.
Johnson says faculty officers heard pictures being fired and instantly locked down the varsity and that it was “monumental” that faculty employees took the motion they did and that it resulted in saving the lives of numerous kids.
Officials from the Rancho Tehama Elementary School say that the gunman crashed his car by way of the varsity’s locked gate and fired dozens of pictures on the campus — he shot out home windows and thru partitions.
The faculty shall be closed till additional discover as an investigation continues and counselors shall be obtainable.
Although police supplied no instant phrase on the assailant’s motive, a sheriff’s official stated the shooter’s neighbors had reported a home violence incident. About 100 legislation enforcement personnel are presently working at the least seven crime scenes within the space, police stated.
“It was very clear at the onset that we had an individual that was randomly picking targets,” Johnston stated.
The gunman’s identify just isn’t being launched, however CBS News has confirmed that he was fatally shot by two officers.
Johnston, who in keeping with KHSL-TV addressed reporters close to one of many scenes, stated deputies had been first alerted to a capturing in Rancho Tehama Reserve earlier than “multiple victims and multiple shots” had been reported at Rancho Tehama Elementary School. Witnesses reported listening to gunshots and kids screaming on the faculty, about 5 miles down a street from the place the capturing is believed to have began.
“I know that we have Medivaced a number of students,” Johnston stated, referring to using helicopters for the emergency transport of victims to hospitals.
At least one scholar was wounded on the faculty. Another baby was shot whereas driving with a lady, who additionally was wounded, Johnston stated.
Johnston stated the varsity had been cleared by 10 a.m. and all different college students have been dropped at a protected location.
Gerardo Garcia works at a close-by comfort retailer and stated it was like a struggle zone.
Salvador Tello stated the gunman fired at a truck in entrance of him as he was dropping off his three kids. Tello stated he was about three blocks from the varsity when bullets made “big holes” within the truck in entrance of him.
He stated he pressured his kids to duck down and slammed his truck into reverse and headed to the kids’s grandmother’s home.
“I put my kids down and put my truck in reverse and went out,” he stated. “I don’t believe it because I wake up, take my kids, feed them cereal and put them in the truck and says ‘Let’s go to school like a normal day.'”
On the way in which, he stated, he noticed an obvious gunshot sufferer and police at one other scene.
Details had 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.
Five individuals, at the least three of whom are kids, had been transported to Enloe Medical Center, in Chico, California. It’s not clear whether or not all three kids had been college students on the elementary faculty.
St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff, California, acquired two victims. One is continuous to obtain therapy on the hospital and the opposite was stabilized and transferred to a different facility, in keeping with Amanda Harter, the communications supervisor for Dignity Health North State. The firm additionally operates Mercy Medical Center, which acquired three sufferers, one who was stabilized and transferred, and two others who’re nonetheless present process therapy. It just isn’t clear if any of the sufferers at St. Elizabeth or Mercy are kids.
Brian Flint instructed KHSL-TV that his roommate is among the many victims and that his neighbor was the gunman. He stated his neighbor, whom he is aware of solely as Kevin, additionally stole his truck.
He stated he and his roommate instructed authorities that their neighbor was appearing “crazy” and threatening them.
Flint stated the neighbor had been capturing “hundreds of rounds” from giant magazines.
The FBI confirmed to CBS News they’re sending brokers from Sacramento, Redding, and Chico to help with the investigation.
California Gov. Jerry Brown issued an announcement in regards to the shootings late Tuesday morning.
“Anne and I are saddened to hear about today’s violence in Tehama County, which shockingly involved schoolchildren,” Brown stated. “We offer our condolences to the families who lost loved ones and unite with all Californians in grief.”