Five people, including a gunman, are dead and at least 10 hospitalized after a shooting spree a small community in Northern California. The shootings, according to authorities, began as a domestic violence incident, before the shooter started picking random targets, including a woman and a child in a truck, and later, students at a nearby elementary. The gunman was later killed by police.
There were at least seven separate shooting scenes in or near Rancho Tehama Reserve, an unincorporated community of about 1,500 people, Phil Johnston, assistant sheriff of Tehama County, told reporters. He said investigators were still trying to confirm the identity of the killer, who he said was armed with a semiautomatic rifle and two handguns.
“It was very clear at the onset that we had a subject that was randomly picking targets,” he said.
“There was a neighborhood dispute ongoing,” he added, but beyond that, “we don’t know what the motives are for this individual to go on a shooting spree.”
At least two of the injured are children, officials said, and the dead are all adults.