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4 Dead, Gunman Killed In Northern California Shooting Rampage

Nov 14, 2017 2:50 PM

RED BLUFF, Tehama County (CBS SF) – Authorities said a gunman killed four people and wounded several others, including children, during a shooting rampage in a small Northern California community Tuesday, before he was shot and killed by law enforcement.

Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said the rampage took place in the community of Rancho Tehama Reserve. The community is located about 15 miles southwest of Red Bluff and about 110 miles northwest of Sacramento.



“This is a very bad day for Tehama County,” Johnston said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

Johnston said around 7:50 a.m., the gunman shot one person near the corner of Bobcat Lane and Fawn Lane. The gunman took off in a vehicle and opened fire at several other locations in the community, including at the Rancho Tehama elementary school, before crashing the vehicle.

The assistant sheriff said the gunman then stole a second vehicle before he was killed in a confrontation with two officers.

Officers are investigating at least seven crime scenes in the community.

Among those injured include a child who was shot at the school, Johnston said. A second child who was being driven to school was also shot and suffered non life-threatening injuries. The woman who was driving the child to school was critically injured.

“It was very clear at the onset that we had an individual that was randomly picking targets,” Johnston said.

Johnston said the gunman used a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns in the rampage.

He declined to release the name of the shooter but said the gunfire began with a domestic violence incident that neighbors reported.

A Rancho Tehama Reserve resident told KHSL that the gunman killed one of his roommates and stole his truck. He said the shooter was a known felon in his 50s.

“The crazy thing is, is that the neighbor has been shooting a lot of bullets lately. Hundreds of rounds, large magazines,” he said. “We made it aware that this guy has been crazy, and he’s been threatening us.”

Jeanine Quist, an administrative assistant with the Corning Union Elementary School District, said no one was killed at the school with kindergarten through fifth grades.

According to Johnston, the children at the school were safely evacuated following the shooting have been reunited with their parents.



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