A Northern California gunman, whose "bizarre and murderous rampage" on Tuesday left five dead and almost a dozen injured in Rancho Tehama Reserve, was bent on killing and shooting people at random, Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said during a news conference.
Authorities said the shooting occurred around 8 a.m.in Rancho Tehama, near Red Bluff, about 120 miles northwest of Sacramento. Police later shot and killed him.
The gunman behind a rampage in Northern California was out on bail for a charge of stabbing a neighbour, had been the object of complaints from neighbours who said he had been firing off hundreds of rounds of ammunition, and had been the subject of a domestic violence call the day before the attack.
An estimated 100 law enforcement officers are investigating at least seven crime scenes, sheriff's officials said.
One of the children was shot at Rancho Tehama Elementary School and taken to a hospital, and a second child was in a vehicle with his mother. The extent of injuries is not yet known.
Police said he owned an AR-15 Bushmaster rifle, but it unknown if he used the same gun during the Tuesday shooting.
"You could hear the yelling". Brian Flint said that his neighbor, whom he knows only as Kevin, also stole his truck.
"It appears he couldn't make access to the room and he gave up and reentered the vehicle". "There was gunshots going for a good 20 to 25 minutes".
He ran into a classroom with students and multiple shots came through the classroom windows, hitting a young boy, Ferreira said.
The school district said late Tuesday that the student was in stable condition. The gunman shot at that man but missed. In addition to injuries from broken glass, a student on campus was wounded by gunfire. He ultimately injured two children, but no students were killed. Parents have been notified.
Officials don't have a motive for the attack but said the gunman seemed to fire at random and might have been in some type of dispute with neighbors. In January the man was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon in a case that involved the neighbor who died Tuesday, Johnston said. Authorities believe a neighbor may have been his original target. A semi-automatic rifle and two handguns were found with the shooter, who was killed by police forces in the Rancho Tehama Reserve community. "I'm on a cliff and there's nowhere to go".
She said Neal apologized to her during their brief conversation, she thought for all the money she had spent on him, saying he was "on a cliff" and the people around him were trying to "execute" him.