5 Dead Including Gunman and 2 Children Injured in Tehama County

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TEHAMA COUNTY, California — At least five people, including a gunman, were killed in a shooting Tuesday morning which started at a home and moved to an elementary school in Tehama County, the sheriff’s department said.


Multiple shots were fired at 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 at the school and taken to a hospital. But there are no children killed. A second child and a woman were also shot inside a truck as they drove past the gunman, Johnston said.


The child inside the truck suffered non-life-threatening wounds, and the woman had serious, life-threatening injuries, Johnston said. There is no word on the condition of the boy shot inside the school.


Ten injured were being treated at area hospitals. Five people — at least three children — were taken to Enloe Medical Center in Chico. Three of those patients have been treated and released, hospital officials said.


The extent of the victims’ injuries has not been released.


When the Shooting Took Place

Multiple 911 calls came in to the Tehama County Sheriff’s Department at 7:52 a.m. of shots fired with a dead man in a neighborhood on Bobcat Lane near Fawn Lane in upper Rancho Tehama Reserve.


Soon after, multiple 911 calls indicated number of shots were fired at several locations, including Rancho Tehama Elementary School.


About the Gunman

The gunman, whose name has not been released, stole a white Ford F-150 where he initially began firing and went on a “shooting rampage throughout the community.”


He crashed that truck and carjacked a driver for his small sedan. The suspect drove away in the car, and at some point, drove past a woman taking her children to school and fired gunshots “without provocation” into their truck, according to Johnston.


The woman suffered life-threatening injuries, and a boy inside the truck was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.


He was “randomly picking targets” as he shot at 7 shooting scenes in the area, Johnston said.


“The shooter targeted the school from outside the school and shot inside the school with multiple rounds,” Johnston said.


While the gunman was in the second stolen vehicle, he shot at two officers near the school, who returned fire and killed the suspect, according to Johnston.


Officers found a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns that were with the gunman, Johnston said.


More than 100 law officers are looking through the shooting.


“People died here today, folks,” Johnston said. “This is a very tragic event for all of us. There are children involved, it is an emotional thing. I am personally grateful to the men who engaged the suspect.”


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