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Dead In Shooting Near Northern California School

Dead In Shooting Near Northern California School

The gunman who went on a rampage in Northern California was a "deranged and paranoid killer" who was out on bail after assaulting two neighbors this year, authorities say.

USA Today reported that the gunman was a felon - and hence not eligible to purchase or own firearms.

The local sheriff said Wednesday that Neal had two homemade semi-automatic weapons and two handguns registered in someone else's name. Brian Flint said that his neighbor, whom he knows only as Kevin, also stole his truck.

The gunman did shoot a 6-year-old student named Alejandro "Alex" Hernandez in the boy's chest and right foot while he indiscriminately sprayed gunfire at school buildings.

"The insane thing is that the neighbor has been shooting a lot of bullets lately, hundreds of rounds, large magazines", Flint said.

Hours later, Neal opened fire at various locations Tuesday, including at the Rancho Tehama elementary school, where he crashed his vehicle through a locked gate and marched toward the classrooms.

"We believe that is what started this whole event", Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston told a news conference.

"We've made it aware that this guy has been insane and he's been threatening us", the man said. In the foreground of the video is the Rancho Tehama Airport. "There were helicopters all over the place". The Tehama County Sheriff's Office did not immediately respond to HuffPost's request for comment.

State Sen. Jim Nielsen, a Republican from Gerber, Calif., whose district includes Rancho Tehama, called the incident "senseless violence".

Rancho Tehama resident Salvador Tello said he was taking his three children to school when the gunman fired at a truck in front of him. As he left, he saw a woman lying in the street, apparently dead, with her husband next to her, apparently wounded. Killing five innocent people, injuring 10 and creating seven crime scenes in under an hour, the perpetrator was heavily armed and seemed to acting at random.

"School staff is commended for their courageous and professional response to this awful incident", the statement read. They shouldn't have to run lockdown drills.

That's when Fitzpatrick said the hero custodian went into action. When my phone lit up with an alert that a gunman had opened fire at a Northern California school, panic doesn't begin to describe how I felt.

Rancho Tehama Reserve, a subdivision that is home to nearly 1,500 people, is described on its website as a "quiet private country community" located 12 miles west of Interstate 5 and about 110 miles northwest of Sacramento. Neal targeted an elementary school while randomly shooting at homes and motorists in the sprawling rural subdivision about 130 miles (209 kilometres ) north of Sacramento.

Claudette Wright said deputies responded to her calls, but the bad perception remains.


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