At Least Five Dead in Northern California School Shooting

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November 14, 2017Nov 14, 2017
Updated November 14 2017 3:15pm ET

Tuesday morning, three people were reported dead after a shooting Tuesday morning in Tehama County, California, reported local news agency KCRA. By Tuesday afternoon, The Los Angeles Times reported that five people had passed away. They also reported that at least two of those people were children. 

The shooting started at a home, and it moved to an elementary school. According to the sheriff’s department, the shooter was shot and killed by law enforcement officers.

Multiple shots were fired at about 8 a.m. at Rancho Tehama School on the outskirts of Corning, California.

"I know that we have (airlifted) a number of students," said Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston. "I know that the school's been cleared. I know that we have children that were attending school in a safe location at this time."

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He also said officers are investigating at least five scenes in and around the school.

“An employee with the Corning Unified School District said there were reports of an active shooter at the school, and there were confirmed injuries,” added the news outlet.

A man spoke with KCRA's affiliate Action News Now and said that his truck was stolen, and his roommate was shot and killed by the gunman.

"He's dead. He didn't make it," the witness said. "For his family and everything, I feel bad, and we'll be there for them."

The roommates lived near the gunman. The surviving witness said that the gunman had been shooting a lot of rounds recently.

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"The crazy thing is that the neighbor has been shooting a lot of bullets lately, hundreds of rounds, large magazines," he said. "This guy has been crazy, and he's been threatening us and everything. I just feel like there maybe should have been more effort put into stopping things like this."

"It's a very sad day for us in Tehama County," said a deputy, who spoke to the Redding Record Searchlight.

The Rancho Tehama Reserve, a subdivision known as “quiet private country community” is located 12 miles west of Interstate 5 between Red Bluff and Corning, according to their website. The community is known as a place “where people are friendly and the pace is relaxed.”

A helicopter medical crew reported they were transporting a 6-year-old victim to Mercy Medical Center in Redding. The child had two gunshot wounds, according to emergency scanner traffic.

A second child also was reported to have been shot in the right leg, according to emergency dispatch reports.

A 30-year-old man was also being taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the right thigh, according to emergency dispatch reports.

The Record Searchlight also spoke to Katrina Gierman, a mother who lives in Rancho Tehama near the elementary school. She said she went outside and heard gunshots.

"I have not left my house because I am with my newborn son," Gierman said. "Very scary moment."

"I have the right to bear arms, and I will protect my son if I have to," she added.

The Los Angeles times reported that the shootings appear to have begun as “domestic violence incident.” More details were not given to them. At this time, the name of the shooter has not been released.

“The Tehama County Sheriff’s Department said they were dealing with at least five separate crime scenes and were trying to assess the number of casualties,” added the Times.

More details will be added as they become available.