A gunman rampaged through a small Northern California town on Tuesday, taking aim at people near an elementary school and several other locations, and killing at least four and wounding several others before he was fatally shot by police, the local sheriff’s office said.
There were at least seven separate shooting scenes in or near Rancho Tehama Reserve, an unincorporated community of about 1,500 people, including Rancho Tehama School, an elementary school, Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston told reporters. He declined to release the name of the killer, who he said was armed with a semiautomatic rifle and two handguns.
“It was very clear early on that we had a subject that was randomly picking targets,” he said. “We are aware that there was a domestic violence incident as reported by neighbors involving the suspected shooter.”
At least two children were among the wounded who were taken to local hospitals, he said.
A man who said he was a neighbor of the gunman told Action News Now, a group of local television stations, that his roommate was one of those killed. The gunman, who seemed mentally unstable, “has been shooting a lot of bullets lately, hundreds of rounds, large magazines,” he said. “He’s been threatening us.”
Rancho Tehama Reserve lies in a sparsely populated region between Redding and Chico, more than 200 miles north of Sacramento.