Rancho Tehama >> Five people have reportedly been killed and 10 injured in a string of shootings that began around 8 a.m. Tuesday at Rancho Tehama Reserve, southwest of Red Bluff.
Law enforcement told reporters at the scene there were shots fired in seven locations, including Rancho Tehama School, and scanner reports indicate one child was among the wounded.
One student was confirmed shot, but it is not clear whether the shooter targeted the school.
Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said it was clear early on the shooter was randomly picking targets throughout the isolated community.
The school had been secured as of 10 a.m. and the children moved to the Recreation Hall. Authorities were working to notify parents.
Among the five killed is the shooter, a man, who was killed by law enforcement and is confirmed as the sole shooter. Johnston said the shootings appear to have been initiated during a domestic violence incident involving neighbors, but no further details were released.
“We’re still taking measures to confirm (the shooter’s) identity,” Johnston said. “Right we have no known motive, no connection to any of the victims.
Johnston said the shooter can only be described as an “adult male.”
Brian Flint, 27, said his truck was stolen from his residence while he was not home and used in the shooting. He told the Daily News his roommate was among those killed.
Flint said the suspect had fired shots late at night and in the early morning on several occasions over the last month.
The shooting began at the end of Fawn Lane near Bobcat Lane, according to officers at the scene. Shots also were fired at Rancho Tehama Road near the intersection with Paskenta Road, where two people who did not know the shooter were shot in a gray Ford pickup truck.
The occupants of the gray pickup were a woman and a child driving to school when the shooter opened up on them without warning, Johnston said. The woman’s injuries appear to be very life-threatening at this time. The child’s wounds do not appear to be life-threatening.
No officers were injured, Johnston said.
Another victim was reportedly shot at the corner of Stagecoach Road and Oak Park Road, according to scanner reports.
The entire Rancho Tehama Reserve was locked down and nobody was being allowed in or out as of 10 a.m. The road was opened to media shortly after noon, but remained closed to the public.
About 100 officers were at the scene and some continued to search for victims, according to scanner reports.
This is a developing story and information will be added as it becomes available. More information is scheduled to be released after 4 p.m. today.
Mobile users see a map of the shooting locations here.