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Multiple shot near school in Corning, CA

Discussion in 'Crimes' started by fran, Nov 14, 2017.

  1. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Quick FYI, the shooting was close to the school at different locations. Students were arriving for school and a few of them were shot and wounded.

    Shooting near California elementary school leaves several dead, children wounded

    Three people were shot and killed Tuesday morning when a shooter opened fire at multiple locations in Northern California -- including near an elementary school, authorities said.

    Two people were killed and four people -- including three children -- were wounded in the incident. The shooter was killed by police officers. Mercy Medical Center spokeswoman Marcy Miracle said three patients were being treated at the hospital.

    The shootings were reported in and around Rancho Tehama Elementary school, about 130 miles north of Sacramento, as some parents were dropping off their children. Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston told KCRA police are investigating at least five crime scenes, which started at a house and moved to outside the school. It was unclear if the shooting happened on school ground.


    Coy Ferreira told KRCR he was dropping off his daughter at the school just before 8 a.m. when he heard a firecracker-like sound. The school’s secretary then ran out and told children to go inside because there was an active shooter. Ferreira added he ended up in a classroom with 14 students and witnessed a boy being struck by bullets.

    Jeanine Quist, an administrative assistant with the Corning Union Elementary School District, said no one was killed at the school but a "number" of students were shot and wounded.

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  2. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    3 dead, students injured after shooting in multiple locations in rural Northern California

    RED BLUFF, Calif. (KABC) --
    Authorities said three people have been killed in shootings at multiple locations in rural Red Bluff, Northern California. Students were also shot and wounded at an elementary school.

    The suspected shooter is dead, police said.

    There was no immediate estimate on the number of injured victims, but police confirmed that students were transported to hospitals.

    Mercy Dignity Health confirmed that the hospital has received three patients. Enloe Hospital received four, according to hospital officials.

    Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston told a TV station in the city of Chico that officers are investigating at least five crime scenes in and around the school in Rancho Tehama Reserve, about 130 miles north of Sacramento.

    Jeanine Quist, an administrative assistant with the Corning Union Elementary School District, said no one was killed at the school but a "number" of students were shot and wounded.

    The school remains on lockdown.

    more ............. http://abc7.com/multiple-students-i...entary-school-in-northern-california/2647030/
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  3. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Wow! I'm not familiar with Corning, but I've certainly been to Chico. A lot of farming around that area.

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  5. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    At least 5 dead in apparent random shootings near California elementary school

    At least five people are dead from apparent random shootings today in rural Northern California. The shootings took place in seven locations, including an elementary school, police said. The dead included the shooter, who was killed by police.

    One student was shot at the Rancho Tehama School, an elementary school in Corning, about 130 miles north of Sacramento, police said. The student was taken to a hospital. No deaths were reported at the school, according to Ann Bates, administrative assistant to the superintendent of the Corning Union Elementary School District.

    Authorities said a child and an adult woman were shot in a truck. They were also transported to hospitals.

    At least 10 people were hospitalized, according to three local hospitals. It was not immediately clear how many people were injured, authorities said.

    Police said the shooter appeared to randomly pick his targets. The shooter had a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns, police said. Two officers engaged the shooter, who was pronounced dead at the scene.


    One father, Coy Ferreira, told ABC Redding, California, affiliate KRCR-TV he was dropping his daughter off for kindergarten when he heard what sounded like a firecracker.

    A school employee ran out and yelled for the children to get inside the classrooms because someone was shooting at the school, Ferreira said.

    That’s when he ran into a classroom and multiple shots came through the classroom windows, hitting a student, he said.

    About 100 students attend Rancho Tehama School, which was placed on lockdown, Bates said.

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  6. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Shooter who killed four near California school previously wanted for assaulting neighbors

    The suspected shooter who opened fire near an elementary school in Northern California Tuesday, killing four, was previously wanted for assaulting two neighbors, a prosecutor said.

    Kevin Janson Neal, 43, was armed with a semiautomatic weapon and two handguns when he began firing — apparently at random — shortly before 8 a.m. in Tehama County, the Sacramento Bee reported.

    Neal was being prosecuted for assault with a deadly weapon and a stabbing that involved two of his neighbors earlier this year, Tehama District Attorney Gregg Cohen told the newspaper.

    Kevin Jansen Neal has been identified as the shooter in the Tehama, California shooter.

    The prosecutor said it wasn’t clear if Neal had shot one of his neighbors Tuesday. Cohen added that he sometimes used the last name “Smith,” according to the paper.

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    Neal was arrested in February for assault with a deadly weapon and other charges, according to police logs cited by the Red Bluff Daily News. His bail was set at $160,000, the paper reported.

    A neighbor of the gunman said the man was shooting off many rounds outside in the days before the incident. Police logs also say that neighbors reported hearing four to five shots on Dec. 13, 2016.

    Rancho Tehama Reserve resident Brian Flint said he got a call in the morning from someone who told him his roommate was injured and that his truck had been stolen. His neighbor was the shooter, Flint said.


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  7. Jezzabel

    Jezzabel Well-Known Member

    I'm not going to comment on his mug shot, I'm not going to comment...

    Yet another one. I tried to come here and post but couldn't? Checked to see if it was down, but it was only me down. Not sure why.

    Such a horrible and maybe preventable crime upon a small town. I've read a lot today (way less than other cases) but will wait until tomorrow to see what is true or not.

    It's not making sense yet as who and who weren't neighbors or relatives living on that property. Supposedly there's two family members of the shooter missing per the Assistant Sheriff in the press conference tonight. I googled the cross streets listed and it appears to be homes and mobile homes. Guess it's at the end of one of the streets.

    Also read meth was a problem in the area but then again, don't know if anything is true. This guy looks wired in his mugshot. Oh there I go saying something.
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  8. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I don't understand why, if he's been arrested for assault, he had any firearms on him. And did the neighbors call in when they heard the gunshots? We all need to be more vigilant. I heard gunshots around my house and called them in before. I learned that they are coming from private property outside the city limits and they are known to hunt there. If they shoot during time it's dark, I'm to call the sheriff's office.

    It's good to know these things and be on guard!
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  9. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    IIRCC, yes they did tell LE about the guy. As a matter of fact, he'd threatened the neighbors.

    I agree, that he should NOT have had a weapon. But for some reason he did. :(

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  10. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Bless the school personnel who locked the school down when they heard the gunfire! They literally saved scores of lives.


    California gunman fired 30 rounds at elementary school, left when he couldn't get inside

    The gunman who went on an apparently random shooting spree in rural Northern California allegedly left an elementary school after he failed to access classrooms there, authorities said.

    Four people were killed and 10 more were wounded in a series of shootings Tuesday morning in Tehama County. The shootings took place in seven locations, including at the Rancho Tehama School, an elementary school in Corning, about 130 miles north of Sacramento, police said, but no children were killed.

    Ten people were hospitalized, including at least two children, police said. One student was shot inside a classroom at the school, while the other injured child was shot while sitting in a truck when the shooter drove by, police said.

    The shooter rammed a fence at the gate of the school before entering the grounds with a semi-automatic rifle, Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said in a press conference Tuesday afternoon. The school's gate had been locked, the Corning Union Elementary School District said in a statement.

    The suspect was wearing a vest with clips attached to it, similar to ones often worn by U.S. soldiers, and fired 30 or so rounds at a number of classrooms, Johnston said. The gunman shot out windows and through walls, and broken glass led to some injuries, the school district said. The student who sustained a gunshot wound is in stable condition.

    It appears that the gunman became frustrated when he could not gain entry inside the classrooms, so he re-entered his vehicle and continued the shooting spree in the streets.

    The incident could have been much worse had it not been for the quick thinking of staff at the elementary school, Johnston said. The school district commended the school's staff for their "courageous and professional response" to the "terrible incident."

    "The school was able to go on lockdown very quickly and effectively, which prevented any further injury or violence," the school district said.

    Police have obtained surveillance video from the school but have not yet made the footage available to the public, Johnston said.

    read more ............ http://abcnews.go.com/US/shooting-reported-northern-california-elementary-school/story?id=51143319
  11. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Official: Calif. shooter's wife found dead, "concealed under the floorboards"

    RED BLUFF, Calif. -- Investigators in Tehama County spent much of the day Tuesday looking for the wife of a man who was shot dead by law enforcement after going on a rampage in a small northern California town, killing five and injuring nine others.

    Ultimately, her's was the final death attributed to gunman Kevin Janson Neal. Her body was found beneath floorboards in his Rancho Tehama Reserve home, Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said at a press conference Wednesday. Neighbors told investigators Tuesday that they believed there was a domestic violence incident at Neal's home the day before.

    Johnston said investigators believe she was killed Monday.

    "We believe that's probably what started this whole event," Johnston said.

    It's not clear what happened in the hours between when officials say Neal murdered his wife and began his shooting spree at 7:54 a.m. Tuesday, but Johnston said Neal's attempt to cover up his wife's body was apparent.

    "There was a hole cut in the floor ... we're confident that he murdered her, shot her at some point on Monday, and just put her body in the hole in the floor and just covered it up," Johnston said.

    The shooting rampage spanned seven scenes. The first two people Neal shot and killed were neighbors before he stole their truck and sought seemingly random victims elsewhere, including an elementary school, where he was locked out.

    A total of six people died, including Neal, who was shot and killed by police, and nine were injured, including seven children, Johnston said. Four of the children were at the school during the incident, and suffered injuries "ranging from very minor to life threatening," Johnston said.

    One child remains in critical condition.

    "This individual was driving down the road choosing targets. He chased people in the vehicle, shooting at them," Johnston said.

    Sarah Gonzales had just dropped off her daughter at Rancho Tehama Elementary School when the gunman blocked her car, CBS News correspondent Jamie Yuccas reports.

    "He pretty much stopped me and shot at me three times through his windshield," Gonzales said.

    When he stopped firing, she said he continued toward the school. School officials heard gunshots and made a critical decision to lock it down.

    "The quick action of those school officials, there is no doubt in my mind, saved countless lives," Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said.

    The gunman tried to enter the school but couldn't get in. He fired about 30 rounds in six minutes before he took off.

    A short time later, a patrol car rammed the suspect's vehicle. Officers then opened fire and killed him.

    Neal had been charged with stabbing one of the slain neighbors in January, and Neal's mother told the Associated Press she posted the $160,000 bail for him and had spent over $10,000 on lawyer's fees. Neal had been involved in a long-running dispute with his neighbors, the woman said.

    The mother, who spoke on condition she be named only as Anne because she fears for her safety, said her son told her the neighbor was slightly cut after Neal grabbed a steak knife out of the hand of the neighbor who was threatening him with it.

    The head of the area's homeowners association said neighbors had been complaining about Neal firing guns excessively on the property, which sits at the end of a dirt road.

    The mother wept as she told The Associated Press she spoke to Neal on the phone on Monday.

    "Mom it's all over now," she said he told her. "I have done everything I could do and I am fighting against everyone who lives in this area."

    She said Neal apologized to her during their brief conversation, she thought for all the money she had spent on him, saying he was "on a cliff" and the people around him were trying to "execute" him.

    "I think the motive of getting even with his neighbors and when it went that far - he just went on a rampage," Johnston said.

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  12. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Police knew ‘madman’ had illegal guns before Northern California rampage:mad:

    A California Highway patrol officer photographs a vehicle involved in a deadly shooting rampage at the Rancho Tehama Reserve,
    near Corning, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. A gunman driving stolen vehicles and choosing his targets at random opened fire
    “without provocation” in the tiny, rural Northern California town Tuesday, killing several people, including a
    student at an elementary school, before police shot him dead, authorities said. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    RANCHO TEHAMA RESERVE — A day after a California gunman killed five people in the country’s latest shooting rampage, police faced accusations of having previously turned a blind eye to the troubled shooter who was known for firing off guns despite a court order that barred him from owning firearms.

    Northern California shooter’s victims include neighbors with whom he’d been feuding, sheriff’s official says
    At a tense news conference Wednesday, police conceded that neighbors had repeatedly complained about Kevin Janson Neal firing hundreds of rounds from his house.

    Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said authorities responded to calls several times, but the 44-year-old Neal wouldn’t open the door, so they left.

    “He was not law enforcement friendly. He would not come to the door,” Johnston said. “You have to understand we can’t anticipate what people are going to do. We don’t have a crystal ball.”

    Asked about Neal’s motive, Johnston responded: “Madman on the loose. The case is remarkably clear. We will move forward and we will start the healing process.”

    The evidence that emerged Wednesday, however, along with residents’ statements raised questions about whether lawlessness was occasionally tolerated.

    Neal was also known to have violent squabbles with his neighbors and his wife, both of whom were among his first victims Tuesday.

    Police found the bullet-riddled body of Neal’s wife stuffed under the floorboards of their home in the rural community of Rancho Tehama Reserve. They believe her slaying was the start of the rampage.

    “We are confident that he murdered her,” Johnson said.

    Neal then shot two of his neighbors in an apparent act of revenge before he went looking for random victims, ultimately killing a total of five people, all adults, and wounding 10 at different locations that included the community’s elementary school.

    At the time of the attack, Neal was out of custody on bail after being charged in January with stabbing one of the neighbors he later killed in the rampage.

    After the January assault, a judge barred Neal from having guns, according to court records.

    The records also show that Neal was charged with illegally firing a weapon and possessing an illegal assault rifle on Jan. 31.

    He was charged with five felonies and two misdemeanors. As part of a protective order that barred him from “owning, possessing, purchasing or attempting to purchase firearms,” Neal was ordered to stay away from the two female neighbors he had threatened.

    The neighbor he was accused of stabbing obtained a restraining order against him in February, writing to the court that Neal fired guns to scare people in her house and alleging that he was “very unpredictable and unstable” and that he had “anger issues,” according to court documents.

    The gunman’s sister, Sheridan Orr, said her brother had struggled with mental illness throughout his life and at times had a violent temper.

    She said Neal had “no business” owning firearms.

    At Wednesday’s news conference, Johnston initially said Neal “was not prohibited from owning firearms” but later acknowledged the protective order against him.

    Records show Neal certified that he surrendered his weapons in February, but Johnston said Wednesday they had recovered two homemade assault rifles and two handguns registered to someone else.

    Laurie Levenson, a Loyola Law School professor, said police officers don’t need to be eyewitnesses to take action when a person is suspected of violating a restraining order.

    “You can have probable cause even if officers don’t see a gun or hear shots,” she said. “They do not have to see the suspect with the weapon if all the circumstantial evidence indicates that he is violating the orders.”

    Levenson said officers don’t even need a warrant to search a suspect’s home if they believe the caller and the evidence they are hearing and collecting indicate the suspect is firing a gun.

    “”If an officer believes there is someone with a weapon who is not entitled to have a weapon, the law permits the officer to go in,” she said.

    During the rampage that lasted 25 minutes, Johnston said the gunman spent about six minutes shooting into Rancho Tehama Elementary School before driving off to keep shooting elsewhere.

    Police said surveillance video shows the shooter unsuccessfully trying to enter the school after quick-thinking staff members locked the outside doors and barricaded themselves inside when they heard gunshots.

    Witnesses reported hearing gunshots and children screaming at the school, which has about 100 students from kindergarten through fifth grade.

    A heroic school custodian rushed children inside, yelling “get into the classrooms” before Neal could reach them, said Corning Union Elementary School District maintenance department head Randy Morehouse.

    “At that point he was able to get everyone inside so there was no one left on the blacktop,” Morehouse said. “He’s an absolute hero.”

    The shooter “tried and tried and tried and tried to get into the kindergarten door,” he said.

    The rampage ended when a patrol car rammed the stolen vehicle Neal was driving and police killed him in a shootout.

    Dillon Elliott said he witnessed the rolling gun battle from a coffee shop and parking lot as the gunman and deputies screamed by.

    “All hell broke loose. I mean I’ve never heard gunshots like that before,” he said.

    Elliott’s parents have lived in the sparsely populated area of rolling woodlands dotted with grazing cattle about 130 miles north of Sacramento since 1986. He moved away in 2001.

    “There’s hardly any police presence out here,” he said. “In all the time we’ve been out here there has been almost, I would say almost zero police presence. Every so often you’ll see them if it’s super bad.”

    He said his father, who was on the homeowners’ association board, was threatened in the late 80s and early 90s during a dispute with a neighbor and deputies never responded.

    “It’s almost like they think we’re lawless out here and they just don’t care,” he said.

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  13. SoSueMe

    SoSueMe Administrative Manager Staff Member

    I don’t understand the (lack of) police action on this one. He wouldn’t answer the door? Is that their only excuse? They had every right to break it down and enter. He was obviously very dangerous and a threat prior to his shooting rampage.
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