Five people are dead after a gunman opened fire at an elementary school in Northern California, including the suspected shooter. Two kids are confirmed injured, but not among the dead.
SECOND UPDATE: From the Corning Elementary School District: “This morning prior to the beginning of classes, a gunman crashed his vehicle through the school’s locked gate and fired dozens of shots at Rancho Tehama Elementary School. The gunman shot out windows and through walls. In addition to injuries from broken glass, a student on campus was wounded by gunfire.We are informed that the student is in stable condition. We do not have any further information regarding students’ current medical condition.The District has accounted for all of the students and staff present at the time of the incident. Parents have been notified. Counselors will be made available to meet with students and staff. Out of respect for their privacy and to protect the confidentiality of their personal information, the District is not authorized to release the names of students, parents, or staff.”
UPDATE: Police have now confirmed that five people are dead after the shooter opened fire at seven different sites in the Rancho Tahama area, including the elementary school. None of the dead are children. In contrast to what police said in initial reports, only one child was shot at the elementary school. However, another child was shot, along with an adult woman, in a truck. No other information is available about them at this time.
ORIGINAL: A man described as being in his 30s or 40s started shooting on the campus of Rancho Tehama Elementary School, in Rancho Tehama, California, around 8:00am PT on November 14. Police responded to a 911 call of “multiple shots fired,” and killed the suspected gunman, according to Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston in a brief news conference. One student at the school shot and wounded, but none were killed. “I don’t have any information at this time about any of the victims at the school. I know that we have medevaced (airlifted) a number of students. I know the school has been cleared. I know that we have the children who were attending school in a safe location at this time. You now know really what I know.”
While the children are safe, Johnston said that two other people were fatally shot by the suspected gunman at different locations in the Northern California community. He is unable to release their identities at this time. A sheriff’s official said that 100 officers are in Rancho Tahama right now investigating the shooting spree. “I can think of at least five scenes I have been told about. We are spread thin… we are still requesting ambulances,” they said. Law enforcement have not provided any further information about those scenes.
Coy Ferreira, the father of a kindergartener at the elementary school told local KRCR-TV that while he was dropping off his daughter, he heard a noise that sounded like firecrackers. According to Ferreira, a school employee ran out and yelled at the kids to get inside their classrooms because there was a shooter. He dove into a classroom, too, and multiple shots came through the windows. Ferreira said that one of the students was hit.
Police believe that the gunman was randomly picking targets on his shooting spree. He had a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns on him, according to police.
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