It seems like not a week goes by that we don’t hear about some kind of tragedy. This week is no exception as news broke of a shooting at an elementary school in Northern California. The horrors reportedly started at home, according to KCRA:
At least four people were killed in a shooting Tuesday morning that started at a home and moved to an elementary school in Tehama County, and the shooter was also killed by law enforcement, the sheriff’s department said.
Multiple shots were fired about 8 a.m. at Rancho Tehama School on Stagecoach Road on the outskirts of Corning, northwest of Chico, Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said.
One student was shot and taken to a hospital, and a second child and a woman were also shot inside a truck, Johnston said.
So far, three people were taken by ground ambulance and a fourth was airlifted to Enloe Medical Center in Chico, hospital officials said. Three of them were children and one was an adult, KCRA’s affiliate Action News Now reported.
There’s still a lot of information we don’t have at the moment. What we do know is that a number of people have been airlifted for medical treatment, according to Sheriff Johnson.
“I know that we have (airlifted) a number of students,” the sheriff stated. “I know that the school’s been cleared. I know that we have children that were attending school in a safe location at this time.”
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that five people are dead and at least two children were wounded in the shooting.
At least five people are dead following shootings at multiple locations in Tehama County, including an elementary school where at least two children were wounded.
Authorities described a chaotic scene in which a gunman appeared to pick targets at random in the rural Northern California county. They said the shootings appear to have begun as “domestic violence incident” but did not provide details.
Coy Ferreira, a parent at the school, told KRCR-TV that he heard a series of gunshots through a classroom window and saw one young boy shot in the foot and chest and a second student shot in the arm. Both were alert and conscious, he said.
The owner of a nearby cafe, Coffee Addiction, told The Times that she called 911 after hearing gunfire and screaming at the elementary school.
The woman, who identified herself only as Tiffany, said she heard about 100 rounds fired from what sounded like multiple guns.
KCRA reports that a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns were used by the shooter. A neighbor also told the station that the killer had threatened neighbors in the past.
“The crazy thing is that the neighbor has been shooting a lot of bullets lately, hundreds of rounds, large magazines,” said neighbor Brian Flint. “We made it aware that this guy has been crazy, and he’s been threatening us and everything. I just feel like there maybe should have been more effort put into stopping things like this.”
Details regarding the gunman’s identity of possible motives have not been released at this time.