A shooting involving multiple scenes in northern California has left at least five people dead, including the shooter.
The Tehama County Sheriff’s Office says the incident started at a home and moved to an elementary school in Rancho Tehama around 8:00 am. local time. Rancho Tehama is about 130 miles north of the state capital of Sacramento.
Law enforcement says the shooter, who has not been identified, was shot and killed by police.
A Corning Unified School district employee confirmed there were injuries at the school.
“Multiple students” were airlifted from the scene according to Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston. Johnston told local media that “multiple shots were fired” and at least four people are dead, not including the shooter.
Johnston says the guns used by the shooter have been recovered by police, including a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns.
Three people were taken by ambulance and a fourth was airlifted to Enloe Medical Center in Chico, hospital officials said. Three of them were children and one was an adult.
A 6-year-old and another child are among the injured. The Redding Record Searchlight reports a 30-year-old man has also been taken to the hospital with gunshot wound to the thigh.
Police are investigating at least seven crime scenes. At least 100 law enforcement officers have responded to the crime scenes. The children inside the school have been moved to a safe location.
A man spoke with KNVN and said that his truck was stolen and his roommate was shot and killed by the gunman.
“He’s dead. He didn’t make it,” the witness said. “For his family and everything, I feel bad, and we’ll be there for them.”
The roommates lived near the gunman, and the surviving witness said that their neighbor had been shooting a lot of rounds recently.
“The crazy thing is that the neighbor has been shooting a lot of bullets lately, hundreds of rounds, large magazines,” he said. “This guy has been crazy, and he’s been threatening us and everything. I just feel like there maybe should have been more effort put into stopping things like this.”
Local law enforcement haveoff the road that leads to the school.
California Gov. Jerry Brown offered his condolences for the victims of the shooting.
“Anne and I are saddened to hear about today’s violence in Tehama County, which shockingly involved schoolchildren. We offer our condolences to the families who lost loved ones and unite with all Californians in grief,” Brown said.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.