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At Least 5 Killed In California Mass Shooting


Last update: 15/11/2017

LOS ANGELES, Nov 15 (Bernama) -- At least five were killed, including the suspect, in a shooting near an elementary school Tuesday morning in Rancho Tehama, a rural and small community of California, about 194 km north of the state capital Sacramento, Xinhua news agency reported.

Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said Tuesday evening at a press conference that the tragedy happened around 8am (1600 GMT) Tuesday, leaving five dead and 10 wounded, including two children.

According to the local Redding Record Searchlight newspaper, the fatal incident stemmed from a domestic violence, and the murderer drove out of home after a quarrel in the morning, then shot at people along the street.

Johnston confirmed to reporters that the shooter picked up targets randomly, leaving several shooting scenes and multiple victims. He fired multiple shots at the elementary school, which was his third stop.

Johnston said police officials heard shots near the school and immediately went there and locked it down. The shooter, identified by the Sacramento Bee newspaper as 43-year-old Kevin Janson Neal, could not get into the school, then shot 20 to 30 rounds at the school.

Johnston said the shooter was at the school for six minutes, then he drove off and continued to shoot at people in various parts of the community, including at a pickup with a woman and two kids inside, who were injured.

Johnston revealed that two deputies arrived at the scene saw Neal shooting at the pickup, then exchanged fire with him before killing him in his car, where they found a semiautomatic rifle and two handguns.

Johnston, who called the incident a "bizarre and murderous rampage," said the motive for the shooting "looks like a guy trying to get even with his neighbour."

Brian Flint, a young man, told the Redding Record Searchlight earlier that he knew the suspect, who was a known felon and often harassed him and his neighbours.

Flint said in a video clip posted online that he got a call in the morning that his roommate was killed, his truck had been stolen, and his neighbour was identified as the gunman.

"The crazy thing is that the neighbour has been shooting a lot of bullets lately, hundreds of rounds, large magazines," Flint said sadly. "We made it aware that this guy is crazy and he's been threatening us."

There are 1,485 residents living in the community, where report said many people have guns.

-- BERNAMA