Five dead, including suspected gunman, in Northern Calif. school shooting

Crime tape blocks off Rancho Tehama Road leading into the Rancho Tehama subdivision south of Red Bluff, Calif., following a fatal shooting on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017.  Photo: Jim Schultz/The Record Searchlight Via AP

Four people are dead and an armed assailant has been shot and killed by law enforcement officers in a shooting on Tuesday at an elementary school in rural Tehama County, authorities said.

At least seven others were hospitalized following the shootings that occurred around 8 a.m. at the school and several other sites in Rancho Tehama, which is about 115 miles north of Sacramento, a Tehama County sheriff’s deputy said.

Some students were medically evacuated and other, non-injured students were taken “to a safe location,” Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said.

There were at least 100 officers investigating the shooting at five crime scenes, Johnston said. Officers recovered a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns believed to have been used in the shootings, he added.

Jeanine Quist, an administrative assistant with the Corning Union Elementary School District, said an undisclosed number of students were injured. No students or school employees were among the fatalities, she said.

The Rancho Tehama Airport, less than a mile from the elementary school, was placed on lockdown Tuesday morning, airport officials said.

“The suspected shooter is deceased by law enforcement bullets,” Johnston said.

Nicole Johansson, a spokeswoman for Enloe Medical Center in Chico, said the hospital received five patients. Three were treated and released and two patients remain hospitalized, said Johansson, who declined to release their conditions and whether they were adults or children.

The proprietor of a coffee shop located about a half-mile from the school said she heard “at least 100 rounds.”

“After hearing the first 30 shots, we called 911,” said Tiffany Rodgers, who owns Coffee Addiction. “I heard people yelling ‘get down, get down.’’’

Rodgers said she also heard a “yelping of a dog” that she believed had been shot.

Near the school, a man who identified himself as Brian Flint said his roommate was one of the victims who had been shot and killed, and that the gunman was his neighbor, whom he identified as “Kevin.”

Flint said “Kevin” had stolen his truck and had been acting “crazy” and firing guns.

Five of the injured persons were taken to Enloe Medical Center in Chico, according to hospital marketing director Nicole Johansson. Three were treated and released and two remained hospitalized. Their identities and extent of injuries were not immediately known.

Assistant Sheriff Johnston said his department had “initiated an officer incident shooting protocol” by which the shootings would investigated by several other agencies, including the Red Bluff police department, the Highway Patrol and the FBI.

Gov. Jerry Brown and U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein issued statements deporing the violence. Brown said he was “saddened to hear about today’s violence, which shockingly involved schoolchildren” and Feinstein asked, “When will this stop and how can we stop it?”

 

 

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