Four dead in shooting at California elementary school

A gunman opened fire Tuesday morning at a home and elementary school in Northern California — killing four people and wounding at least two children before being shot dead by cops, according to local reports.

Undersheriff Phil Johnston with the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office said there were seven shooting scenes and that there may be more victims, the Redding Record Searchlight reported.

Several students were airlifted from the shooting scene at Rancho Tehama School near the community of Corning, about 120 miles north of Sacramento, according to KCRA.

At least 100 police officers rushed to the multiple scenes and killed the gunman, according to reports.

“I know that we have medevaced a number of students, I know that the school has been cleared, I know that we have the children that were attending school in a safe location at this time,” Johnston said.

One of the injured children is a 6-year-old who was flown to Mercy Medical Center in Redding with two gunshot wounds, the Record Searchlight reported.

A second child was reported to have been shot in the leg, according to emergency dispatch reports.

A 30-year-old man also was taken to a hospital with a gunshot wound to the thigh, according to the news outlet.

The mayhem erupted after 8 a.m. local time at a home in Rancho Tehama — a town of 1,500 west of Corning in Tehama County — and then continued at the school, KCRA reported.

Brian Flint, who lives near the gunman, told the Record Searchlight that he received a call that his roommate was injured and that his truck had been stolen.

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

Living near the gunman, a known felon who often harassed his neighbors, was “hell,” Flint said.

Initial reports said someone was barricaded inside a structure.

Katrina Gierman, who lives in Rancho Tehama near the school, said she went outside and heard gunshots.

“I have not left my house because I am with my newborn son,” Gierman said. “Very scary moment. I have the right to bear arms, and I will protect my son if I have to.”

An official at the Corning Elementary School District confirmed the school was on lockdown, as was the nearby Rancho Tehama Airport.

Rosie DeOliveira, administrative assistant at Rancho Tehama Association, said police ordered citizens to “shelter in place.”

“Our doors are locked,” she said.

The FBI “is sending some teams up to assist at the request of Tehama County authorities,” Jason Wandel of the FBI’s Sacramento field office told the Record Searchlight.


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