At least four people have been reported dead after a suspect opened fire near an elementary school northern California.
Authorities with The Tehama County Sheriff’s Office said the shooting occurred near Rancho Tehama Elementary school. Multiple students have been airlifted from the scene.
Authorities also said that a 6-year-old is among the victims.
Law enforcement says the shooter was killed by police bullets. Authorities identified the shooter as 43-year-old Kevin Neal of Rancho Tehama Reserve.
Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston says multiple shots were fired before 9 am local at Rancho Tehama School on the outskirts of Corning, California which is north of Sacramento.
Johnston says, “we have airlifted a number of students. I know that the school’s been cleared.”
Authorities are investigating at least five scenes around the school and the rampage lasted 45 minutes.
A semi-automatic rifle and two handguns were recovered from one of the crime scenes, police said.
Brian Flint said his neighbor “has been shooting a lot of bullets lately, hundreds of rounds, large magazines”.
Officials said they believe the spree started as a “domestic violence” spat.
Ten other people, including two boys are hospitalized with wounds.
The spree started at a home in rural Tehama County and moved to the school.
Johnston said the gunman, who was a convicted felon, had a connection to one of the victims.
Parents are in distress stuck behind road block not knowing the status of their kids at school in Rancho Tehama where the shooter ended up. pic.twitter.com/kf7afIPr7z
— Sara Stinson (@SaraStinsonNews) November 14, 2017
This is a developing story and will be updated when more information becomes available.