California shootings: Gunman fired at school, left 6 minutes later

3 Dead In Shooting Near Northern California School

3 Dead In Shooting Near Northern California School

A shooter in Northern California has killed at least four people in a violent rampage that began at a home and ultimately included seven locations, including an elementary school, officials say.

Johnston reiterated that the school's decision to go into lockdown mode as soon as shots were heard likely prevented more loss of life.

Staff at tiny Rancho Tehama Elementary School west of Corning had moved quickly when they heard gunfire nearby Tuesday morning, assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said. After roughly six minutes firing at the classrooms, he left and continued his rampage back along the road he came from before law enforcement officers finally shot and killed him in his vehicle.

"I know that we have (airlifted) a number of students", he told reporters.

Witness Salvador Tello said he saw the gunman shoot at a truck in front of him as he dropped off his three children at school. "I know that we have children that were attending school in a safe location at this time".

NPR's Nate Rott spoke to resident Tiffany Rodgers, who says she knows nearly every student at the elementary school and heard the shooting from a nearby cafe. Another was struck by a bullet, while in a vehicle with a woman, according to Johnston. It is unknown where officers found the man.

The FBI has confirmed it will assist in the investigation.

Students at Rancho Tehama Elementary are being evacuated to the Rancho Tehama Recreation Hall. Officials said they are actively searching for the shooter. A semi-automatic rifle and two handguns were found with the shooter, who was killed by police forces in the Rancho Tehama Reserve community.

Rosie DeOliveira, administrative assistant at the association, said deputies for much of the morning had instructed the community, including the elementary school and airport, to shelter in place and stay low.

"The insane thing is that the neighbor has been shooting a lot of bullets lately, hundreds of rounds, large magazines", neighbor Brian Flint told USA Today.

"We've made it aware that this guy has been insane and he's been threatening us", the man said.

It's unclear who Flint had informed of the suspect's earlier actions.

Flint says he had been shooting "hundreds of rounds" from large magazines. When asked how he was feeling, he replied: "I just feel like maybe there should've been more effort put into potentially stopping things like this". The gunman was killed by police after the shootings.

Rancho Tehama Reserve, a subdivision that is home to nearly 1,500 people, is described on its website as a "quiet private country community" located 12 miles west of Interstate 5 and about 110 miles northwest of Sacramento.

Gov. Jerry Brown issued a statement offering condolences to families who lost loved ones in "today's violence in Tehama County, which shockingly involved schoolchildren".

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