5 dead, several students injured in shooting at California elementary school, residence
At least three people are dead and several students injured after multiple shootings at several locations in rural California, including an elementary school.
According to Sacramento’s KCRA, authorities responded to a call of shots being fired at a school in Rancho Tehama at around 8 a.m. PT.
“We had multiple shots fired in Rancho Tehama and that evolved to multiple victims and multiple shots at the school, Corning Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston told the NBC News affiliate. “I am told at this point the suspect shooter is deceased by law enforcement bullets.”
The assistant sheriff said it is unclear how many victims there were but three people were confirmed killed.
“I don’t know any information at this time about any of the victims at the school. I know that we have medivacked a number of students,” Johnston said. “I know the school has been cleared…the children that were attending school are in a safe location.”
According to CBS News, the shooting began at a home before moving to the school.
Johnston said officers were dealing with “multiple scenes” as a result of the shooting.
Jeanine Quist, an administrative assistant with the Corning Union Elementary School District, confirmed a “number” of students were injured, but no one was killed at the school.
A witness told KCRA his roommate was among the victims and his neighbour was the alleged shooter.
“The crazy thing is that the neighbour has been shooting a lot of bullets lately, hundreds of rounds, large magazines,” the man told the news station. “We made it aware that this guy has been crazy, and he’s been threatening us and everything. I just feel like there maybe should have been more effort put into stopping things like this.”
Rancho Tehama is about 90 kilometres south of Redding.
–with a file from the Associated Press