4 People Dead, 2 Children Injured After Gunman ‘Randomly Picking Targets’ Goes on Shooting Spree in Northern California

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Four people were killed and at least two children injured after a man opened fire at multiple locations over the course of 45 minutes in Northern California on Tuesday. The suspected shooter, who was not immediately identified, was killed by officers.
No children were killed in the shooting, which unfolded in at least seven locations in the Rancho Tahema area, Assistant Tehama County Sheriff Phil Johnston said. Authorities received 911 calls of shooting at multiple sites, including the Rancho Tehama Elementary School.

It was “very clear” early on that “we had a subject that was randomly picking targets,” Johnston said, adding, the suspect did “several random drive-by shootings of residences” in the area. Authorities said they did not know what the suspect’s motives were.

Johnston said officials were aware of a domestic violence incident reported by neighbors that involved the suspected shooter. The suspect was also involved in an “ongoing dispute in the neighborhood” and was known to law enforcement, he said.

One male student at the elementary school was hit by gunfire and transported to the local hospital for treatment, Johnston said. A woman and her son were shot while they were driving to the school in their truck, and were being treated in the hospital.

Johnston said that 10 people were being treated for injuries at local hospitals and their conditions were not known.

“This is a tragic day for all of us. There were children involved,” Johnston told reporters. He said “a number of students” were medically evacuated from the school.

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SOURCE: Buzzfeed News, Tasneem Nashrulla