Report: Multiple fatalities in a shooting at a school in California
Authorities: Gunman killed at Rancho Tehama school.
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that the two children were among the four dead. Two children were injured, but were treated for their injuries.
The mother of the gunman who killed at least four people and wounded at least 10 others, including two children, in Northern California, on Tuesday shared some information that could explain her son’s state of mind before the shooting spree.
In a telephone interview with the Associated Press, the woman, who herself only as Anne, it turned out that her son was feeling frustrated by an ongoing dispute with his neighbors.
Two women outside of Rancho Tehama elementary School where a gunman opened fire Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Corning, Calif.
(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
“I’m on a cliff and there is nowhere to go,” he reportedly told his mother about the situation.
A day before opening fire on Tuesday to multiple “random” locations in the vicinity of Rancho Tehama elementary School, the shooter called his mother and said: “it’s over now,” the AP reported.
The school is located in Rancho Tehama Reserve, an unincorporated area in Tehama County, approximately 100 miles north of Sacramento.
Anne also said that she posted bail for her son in January after he was charged with the stabbing of one of the neighbors.
Although the police refuse to identify the shooter, who confirmed that the same man was charged in the January attack.
A woman and a child sit by a primary school, where a gunman opened fire in the community of Rancho Tehama Reserve, Corning, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017.
(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Anne told the AP that she was unaware of her son involved in Tuesday shooting until an AP reporter contacted her.
The shooter tried to gain access to rooms at an elementary school to shoot more kids as part of a “bizarre and murderous rampage,” police said in a news conference Tuesday night.
The shooter was killed by police after he opened fire.
Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said that one of the victims was a woman who had been stabbed in the January attack.
Law enforcement officials are seen Tuesday at a primary school in the community of Rancho Tehama Reserve.
(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
The officials of the School heard shots being fired about a quarter of a mile away and the school went into lockdown mode, Johnston said. He added the incident “could have been much worse if not for the quick thinking” of the school, the staff, the school in the immediate locking of the mode without instruction from the police.
Johnston noted that the “monumental” that the school workers came into action when they did, because he believes that they saved the lives of countless children.
The assistant to the sheriff said the gunman rammed his car into a school fence, then walked on school grounds with a semi-automatic rifle, while wearing a protective vest.
After not able to gain access to the classrooms by the lockdown, it’s believed the shooter was “frustrated” and went back to his car and started shooting at people during the drive, police said.
“This guy was bent on the drive by the homes and randomly shooting at them,” Johnston said of the shooter. “This man was on a rampage kill, he rode up and down the street shooting at passerbys [sic], and not involved houses.”
Crime tape blocks off Rancho Tehama Road that leads to the Rancho Tehama subdivision south of Red Bluff, California, after a fatal shooting on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017.
(Jim Schultz/Record Searchlight via AP)
A mother, who said she did not know the shooter but was just driving past him with her three children, was shot. One of the children suffered a non-life-threatening injuries, police said. However, it was unclear whether she was the victim of a gunshot wound or hit with shrapnel from a bullet-riddled car door.
“This is a person who is armed is, I think, with the motive of getting even with his neighbors, and when it went so far, he just went on a rampage,” Johnston added of the shooter, noting that the authorities do not suspect any connection with terrorism.
Investigators recovered a semi-automatic riflle, in addition to the two pistols. Johnston said that there was another weapon in the suspect’s crashed vehicle that the authorities have not recovered.
The officer noticed there was a restraining order against the shooter, which he said would have restricted his ability to possess firearms for a period of time, depending on the reason for the order.
More than 100 police investigated seven different scenes in the area.
Brian Flint told the Record Searchlight newspaper after the shooting that his neighbor was the shooter.
“The crazy thing is that the neighbor has been shooting a lot of bullets lately, hundreds of rounds, great magazines,” Flint said. “We have been made aware that this man is crazy and he threatens us.” He added the suspect stole his truck.
Witnesses at the school described several rounds being fired. Coy Ferreira told KRCR he was dropping off his daughter at the school just before 8 a.m. when he heard a firecracker-like sound. The school secretary then walked outside and told the children to go inside because there was an active shooter. Ferreira said he ended up in a class with 14 students and witnessed a boy being hit by bullets.
The Tehama County Sheriff’s Office has asked the Ministry of Justice to investigate the shooting, Johnston told KRCR. He added the FBI as a volunteer to investigate, also.
California Gov. Jerry Brown said in a statement that he and his wife were “saddened to hear about the current violence in Tehama County, which shockingly involved students. We offer our condolences to the families who lost loved ones and join with all Californians in mourning.”
Vice-President Mike Pence tweeted his condolences for the people who lost their lives in the shooting, and said: “We commend the efforts of the courageous enforcement of the law. We continue to monitor the situation and federal aid, as we pray for comfort and healing for all affected.”
Fox News’ Adam Housley and Shira Bush, and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
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