5 dead in California shootings near elementary school, including gunman

RANCHO TEHAMA, Calif. — Authorities say a series of shootings in rural Northern California left five people dead, including the shooter, and that two children were among the wounded.  Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston says one child was shot at a school Tuesday and another was shot while riding in a pickup truck with a woman who was also wounded.  Johnston says the shooter was “randomly picking targets.” He says there were seven shooting scenes and that there may be more victims.  Investigators have recovered a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns.

At least seven children and adults have been hospitalized after a series of shootings in rural Northern California that left at least three others dead.  Enloe Medical Center spokeswoman Nicole Johansson said the hospital is treating four people Tuesday, including three minors.  She said one patient was flown by helicopter to the hospital in Chico, about 50 miles southeast of the shootings. Johansson provided no other information.  Separately, three people were being treated at a hospital in Redding, about 50 miles north of the shootings.

A man says his roommate is among the victims in Northern California and that his neighbor was the gunman.  Brian Flint tells the Record Searchlight newspaper in the city of Redding on Tuesday that his neighbor, whom he knows only as Kevin, also stole his truck.  He says he and his roommate told authorities that their neighbor was acting “crazy” and threatening them.  Flint says he had been shooting “hundreds of rounds” from large magazines.

A Northern California hospital says it’s treating three people shot in a rural neighborhood.  Authorities say three people were killed and several wounded at multiple locations, including an elementary school about 130 miles north of Sacramento.

Marcy Miracle, a spokeswoman for Mercy Medical Center in Redding, declined further comment.  Redding is about 50 miles north of where the shootings occurred.