5 Dead At Multiple Shooting Locations In No. California County, Including A School; Gunman Is Killed

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At least five people are dead following shootings at multiple locations in Tehama County, including an elementary school where at least two children were wounded. Authorities described a chaotic scene in which a gunman appeared to pick targets at random in the rural Northern California county. They said the shootings appear to have begun as a “domestic violence incident” but did not provide details. BBEXVwZThe gunman was fatally shot by sheriff’s deputies. His name has not been released. The Tehama County Sheriff’s Office said that it was dealing with seven crime scenes and that 10 victims were being treated for injuries. 

Officials don’t have a motive for the attack but said the gunman seemed to fire at random and might have been in some type of dispute with neighbors.

 

Authorities said the gunfire began around 8 a.m. in Rancho Tehama, near Red Bluff, about 120 miles northwest of Sacramento.

 

A semi-automatic rifle and two handguns that the gunman carried were recovered at one scene, he said.

 

“We have about 100 law enforcement personnel in Rancho Tehama right now, with multiple, multiple scenes,” Johnston said.

 

“I know that we have [airlifted] a number of students,” he told reporters. “I know that we have children that were attending school in a safe location at this time.”

 

Nearby residents and business owners said they heard at least 100 gunshots.

 

“I thought this only happens to places like L.A. or New York,” Jose Garcia, owner of La Fortune Convenience, told the Los Angeles Times.

 

Coy Ferreira, a parent at the school, told KRCR-TV that he heard a series of gunshots through a classroom window and saw one young boy shot in the foot and chest and a second student shot in the arm. Both were alert and conscious, he said.

 

The owner of a nearby cafe, Coffee Addiction, told The Times that she called 911 after hearing gunfire and screaming at the elementary school.

 

The woman, who identified herself only as Tiffany, said she heard about 100 rounds fired from what sounded like multiple guns.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  AP
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