Five people have been killed and at least ten hospitalized in Northern California after a gunman went on a rampage in Northern California that began at a home and ended in an elementary school, where a "number" of students were shot and wounded, but no one was killed.
The shootings occurred at seven separate scenes over what the police describe as a "very widespread area" and the deceased include the shooter. "It was very clear early on that we had a subject that was randomly picking targets," said Phil Johnston, an assistant sheriff in Tehama County.
Brian Flint said that living next to the gunman was "hell." He was a known felon who harassed his neighbors.
"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." Katrina Gierman, who lives near the elementary school, said she is ready to protect her family. "I have not left my house because I am with my newborn son. Very scary moment. I have the right to bear arms, and I will protect my son if I have to."
California Governor Jerry Brown said that he was "saddened to hear about today’s violence in Tehama County, which shockingly involved schoolchildren."
The shooter's motive remains unclear and the FBI will be assisting.