- The shooting spree began at a residential address at 7.52 on Tuesday morning
- The gunman opened fire on Bobcat Lane in Rancho Tehama then drove away
- On his way through the town, he shot a woman and her child in their truck
- The child was in the backseat when the gunman opened fire without warning
- Their mother suffered life-threatening wounds and remains in hospital
- Another person was also believed to have been shot on a different road
- He then drove to the Rancho Tehama Elementary School to shoot at students
- One child was injured and was airlifted away from the scene
- Police shot the gunman dead at the school after a brief gunfight
- Ten people, including the two children injured, remain in the hospital
Five people are dead and 10, including two children, have been hospitalized after a gunman went on a killing spree through a northern Californian town on Tuesday morning.
The unnamed gunman was eventually killed by police at the Rancho Tehama Elementary School in northern California where he opened fire on students and staff as parents dropped off their children at around 8am.
He killed at least four people and injured numerous others before he was gunned down at the school which was his final stop on a deadly drive through the town.
The shooting spree began at 7.52am where he shot several residents on Bobcat Lane, where he lived. Witnesses said one man died in his driveway as a result of the first round of bullets.
Neighbors there say they had been complaining for weeks about the gunman, who lived on the street, firing his gun late at night and early in the morning.
From there, he used one of his neighbor’s vehicles to drive into town where he crashed it. Before going to the school, he stole another person’s car and used that to get to the school.
On his way, he opened fire on a woman and her daughter who was in a Ford truck on the main road leading in to the town. Both were taken to hospital along with three children and an adult from the school.
Another person was reportedly shot at Stagecoach Road and Oak Park Road, another intersection leading in to the town.
The gunman then arrived at the school and fired between 90 and 100 rounds with a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns before police arrived.
He then engaged in a shootout with them before being gunned down. One child was injured at the school and they were taken to hospital where they remain.
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Police evidence tags lie in the abandoned playground at Rancho Tehama Elementary School where a gunman opened fire on Tuesday, injuring at least one child
Above, a taped-off road in the town after the gunman was killed by police at an elementary school. The truck of a woman and her child who were shot is pictured abandoned at the scene
The gunman’s shooting spree began at 7.52am on a residential street. He then drove in a stolen truck towards the town where he shot three different people – including a mother and her child – before arriving at the school, less than two miles from the first scene, where he was killed by police
All of the people who were killed were adults. It is not yet clear if anyone who was shot at the school died or if all of those who were murdered lost their lives elsewhere in the small town.
He is also believed to have been involved in a domestic violence incident on Monday, the day before the shooting, It is not clear if police attended that incident.
According to KHSLTV and neighbors, the shooter was known to police and was out on bail for stabbing a female neighbor when he committed the killings on Tuesday.
Temaha County Sheriff’s Deputies are still grappling with the facts and have confirmed that they are working across seven different crime scenes where they believe the gunman attacked.
At a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, sheriff’s deputy Phil Johnston said the gunman went on a ‘shooting rampage’ after injuring at least one person on Bobcat Lane.
‘The initial call was shots fired with a man down directly after that multiple 911 calls from various sources at multiple locations including the elementary school.
‘Essentially, with this individual, after the initial shooting, he took vehicle and went on a shooting rampage throughout the community.’
Police have not established any motive for the killings and said he appeared to target victims at random.
‘Right now we have no known motive, we know of no real connection to any of the victims. Most of the victims in this case appear to be random selections,’ he said.
Witnesses have since described seeing the gunman drive through the town and select victims at random, firing his weapon at them from behind the wheel of his car.
One told how he saw a woman shot dead in the street next to her husband. One student was taken to hospital from the school.
Witnesses described hearing ‘hundreds’ of rounds as the shooting unfolded. Another, who lives near the school, described hearing children screaming.
‘We heard multiple shots, starting with about 10, and proceeding to about 90 shots, of a high powered some kind of rifle sounding.
‘We heard a man and children screaming from my location, I’m about three blocks from the school, I could hear people screaming at the school,’ one witness, who gave her name only as Tiffany, told ABC affiliate KRCTV.
Law enforcement officers work at Rancho Elementary School where the gunman was killed after opening fire
The vehicle of a woman and her child who were shot on Rancho Tehama Road by the gunman. They were both taken to hospital
There was a large police presence on the road leading into the town on Tuesday morning
Video courtesy of KRCTV
An aerial view of Rancho Tehama Plaza, another of the scenes where police are working
Officers were also working at this plaza. It is not clear yet who, if anyone, was injured here
One man who lives on the street where the shooting began claims it was his roommate who was killed.
‘I got a call to say the person who stays in my house had been shot.
‘I drove home and the police have everything blocked off. I heard there was a shooting and I’m getting more information that my other neighbors were shot.
‘My truck was stolen and used today in the crime and it’s terrible,’ Brian Flint told KHSLTV.
The man added that the gunman was ‘crazy’ and that he was on bond for stabbing one of his female neighbors.
‘As far as we know he was crazy. He shoots a lot of gunshots at night, in the morning. Like a hundred rounds,’ he said.
He claimed to have called police numerous times to report the man for shooting his gun late at night and early in the morning.
Brian Flint said the gunman was his neighbor. He claimed he was ‘crazy’ and that he had complained to police about him firing his gun recently
He also said the female victim of the apparent stabbing was the wife of a neighbor who the gunman was fighting with.
After opening fire on his neighbors, the gunman drove 1.3 miles before opening fire again on a person at the corner of Stagecoach Road and Oak Park Road.
The circumstances of that shooting, which was reported by Red Bluff Daily News, are not known.
He then opened fire on the woman and her child at Rancho Tehama Road, shooting them through the window of their grey Ford pick-up truck before moving on to the school.
Parents were dropping off their children at the time and some hid inside along with teachers when the first rounds were fired.
Rancho Tehama is around 120 miles north of Sacramento and sits between the towns of Red Bluff and Corning.
After the shooting, Governor Jerry Brown issued this statement: ‘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.’