Local news reports state a man entered a Northern California elementary school and began opening fire, killing four people and wounding “several students” before he was shot and killed by responding police officers.
The incident occurred at approximately 11 a.m. EST, which was 8 a.m. local time, in Rancho Tehama Reserve, a private community located about 120 miles northwest of Sacramento in Tehama County. The school, a K-5 elementary school, serves a community of about 1,500 residents in the Corning Union School district, according to the California Education Department.
At a press conference a short time ago, Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston told reporters:
"We have about 100 law enforcement personnel in Rancho Tehama right now with multiple, multiple scenes. I know that we have (airlifted) a number of students."
According to KCRA-TV, the incident began at a house in the town, and progressed through several locations before ending at the school and was reportedly “randomly picking targets.” There were likely additional deaths and wounded people at those other locations.
The station interviewed one local man who said his roommate’s truck was stolen after he was shot and killed. He also claimed the shooter, who has not yet been identified, had made threats against them previously, may have had mental health issues, and had been taking part in target practice that involved firing “hundreds of rounds” of ammunition in recent days.
Officers reportedly found one semi-automatic rifle and two handguns used by the shooter.
The Los Angeles Times reports local business owners said they heard “at least 100 shots” fired in the incident. The owner of a local coffee shop dialed 9-1-1 after hearing the shots fired and hearing screams from the school.