Fatal Mass Shooting At Northern California Elementary School: Live Updates

Beatrice Dupuy
Fatal Mass Shooting At Northern California Elementary School: Live Updates

Authorities say four people have died and several were wounded, including children, when a gunman went on a shooting rampage in Northern California Tuesday. The rampage ended when police shot and killed the gunman after he had struck students at a nearby school in the Rancho Tehama Reserve community.

The shooting started off during a domestic violence incident Tuesday. The shooter then went on a shooting spree picking targets at random. He struck a woman and a child in a truck along with shooting up the school.

In all, authorities said, he left multiple crime scenes. They have yet to reveal the identity of the shooter who they say had a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns.

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At the school, witnesses say that the gunman shot through classroom windows at Rancho Tehama Elementary School injuring a young boy who was struck in "the foot and chest," according to KRCR.

Parent Coy Ferreira told the radio outlet that he was dropping off his daughter at the school Tuesday morning when the shots rang out. Ferreira said he ran into a classroom when he heard shots coming through the classroom windows. 

It is unclear whether the shooter entered the school with about 100 students.


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Jeanine Quist, Corning Union Elementary School District spokeswoman, told KABC that a number of students were wounded but no one was killed at the Rancho Tehama school. 

WDSU reported that a 6-year-old and one other child were injured in the fusillade, which witnesses said was close to 100 rounds.

"I know that we have (airlifted) a number of students," Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said in a news conference. 

A witness told KCRA Action News Now that the shooter stole his truck and then shot and killed his roommate. The shooter, he said had been firing off large rounds ahead of the shooting and had been threatening his neighbors.

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"He's dead. He didn't make it," Brian Flint told Action News Now about his roommate. "For his family and everything, I feel bad, and we'll be there for them."

Four people were transported to the hospital including three children and one adult. Officials have yet to confirm the conditions of the victims. 

The Gun Violence Archive which bases mass shootings on shootings of four or more people not including the shooter has counted 307 mass shooting incidents in 2017.

A gunman in Texas killed 26 people when he entered a Baptist church earlier this month. The shooter, Devin P. Kelly, had previously been investigated for domestic assault. He was court-martialed in 2012 for assaulting his wife and child, according to an Air Force spokeswoman.


This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

This article was first written by Newsweek

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