Five people have been killed in shootings at multiple locations in rural Northern California, and the shooter has been killed by law enforcement, according to authorities.
According to the CBS affiliate KHSL-TV, the shooting took place in the community of Rancho Tehama, about 15 miles southwest of Red Bluff, around 8:00 a.m.
Initially, Jeanine Quist, an administrative assistant with the Corning Union Elementary School District, says no one was killed at the school but a “number” of students were shot and wounded. But there are now 5 confirmed dead.
The school has been cleared and children were moved to a safe location. More than 100 law enforcement officers were on scene.
“I am told the suspected shooter is deceased by law enforcement bullets,” Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said.
A Rancho Tehama resident told KHSL that the gunman killed one of his roommates and stole his truck. He said the shooter was a known felon in his 50s.
Officials said they are investigating seven scenes in connection with the shooting that took place in Rancho Tehama, Tuesday morning that killed five people, including the shooter.
“It’s a very sad day for us here in Tehama County,” said Undersheriff Phil Johnston as he addressed the media.
Johnston said calls came in at 7:52 a.m. about a shooting on Bobcat Lane. Following those calls, more calls came in of multiple shooting sites, including at the school.
Johnston said it was clear early on that they had a subject that was randomly picking targets.
Johnston said they have received reports about a domestic violence incident that involved the suspected shooter, whose ID is not being released.
One student was shot and they have been transported for treatment. Another child and a woman was shot while driving in a truck. They have also been transported.
Johnston said they do not have an accurate count of all those who have been injured. Johnston added they know that the shooter was engaged by officers shortly after arrival and they believe the shooter was killed by two officers who engaged with him. Both those officers have been secured from the scene.
Johnston said a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns were retrieved from the scene.
“We currently have seven shooting scenes that we have yellow tape around that we will have to process. We have requested the Department of Justice and their investigative evidence team to respond. Additionally, the FBI has volunteered their crime scene investigative unit,” said Johnston.
Students at Rancho Tehama Elementary were evacuated to the Rancho Tehama Recreation Hall. Parents can pick up their children there.
A witness named Tiffany, who operates Coffee Addiction Coffee Shop near the school, told KRCR News Channel 7 she heard 90-100 shots fired.
She reported seeing a Honda drive by with the windows shot out. She also saw at least five ambulances responding to the area.
Tiffany’s husband, Brian Rodgers, said another witness reported seeing a white pickup drive through the school gate and start shooting.
Rancho Tehama is a community of about 1,485 northwest of Corning.
This is a developing story, please check back for updates.