Northern California shooter who killed 5, wounded, 12 fatally shot himself


Shooting leaves 4 dead, 10 injured in California

Shooter also tried to gain access to locked classroom.

The deranged man who exchanged gunfire with police after the killing of five people in rural areas of Northern California last month, died in his own hands.

The police fired 12 rounds on the man, Kevin Neal, 44, after forcing his car along a road in Rancho Tehama Reserve after the shooting spree. He was then found dead in the driver’s seat.

“The evidence and research by a forensic pathologist concludes the shooter died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head,” Tehama County Sheriff Dave Hencratt said Friday.

Authorities said Neal killed his wife on Nov. 13 and then went on a shooting rampage, the next day, one who has a spray of bullets on an elementary school. He killed four others, including two neighbours, and wounded 12 people, including six children.

Undated mugshot of Kevin Neal. He was found dead after a gun rampage with a fatal gunshot wound to the head.

(Tehama County)

The authorities said the neighbors had repeatedly complained about Neal firing hundreds of rounds from his house and the incurrence of other unexpected and violent behavior.

His wife’s body was found under the floor of their house.

Family members say he suffers from delusions and mental problems.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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