3 killed in shooting that ends at California elementary school, official says

Children shot an Northern California elementary school

A series of shootings in rural northern California have left five people dead - including the gunman, authorities say.

Officials in Tehama County say they're investigating at least seven crime scenes, one of which is an elementary school.

Investigators have recovered a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns.

A neighbor of the shooter spoke with the media and said that the suspect was acting "crazy", and that the suspect threatened him and his roommate before stealing his truck.

All other student were transported to a safe location following the shooting. "Multiple students" have been airlifted from the scene according to Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston, including a 6-year-old.

"We are cooperating with local law enforcement - we don't have any confirmed information at this point", but a statement from the superintendent will be forthcoming when they know more, she said.


Wounded students were medevaced to nearby hospitals.

Students at Rancho Tehama Elementary are being evacuated to the Rancho Tehama Recreation Hall. Brian Flint tells the Record Searchlight newspaper in the city of Redding on Tuesday that his neighbor, whom he knows only as Kevin, also stole his truck.

Authorities were aware of a domestic violence incident reported by neighbors that involved the suspected shooter, according to Johnston.

"The insane thing is that the neighbor has been shooting a lot of bullets lately, hundreds of rounds, large magazines", the unnamed witness told KCRA. "We offer our condolences to the families who lost loved ones and unite with all Californians in grief".

A person with the username Javier Figueroa tweeted that the shooting had taken place at his brother's school.

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