Tuesday morning, a Northern California elementary school was one of the seven locations where a violent gunman opened fire.
The shootings took place 130 miles north of Sacramento. Six people died, including the gunman and his wife. 10 people were also wounded.
In a breaking report, Associated Press revealed that the assistant sheriff says they found his wife dead in their home.
“BREAKING: Assistant sheriff says wife of gunman who went on Northern California rampage found dead in home, bringing toll to 6,” said the news website.
Police have also released the name of the shooter, Kevin Neal. They revealed that he was out on bail after being charged with stabbing a neighbor. He had also been the subject of a domestic violence call the day before.
Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said the investigators found the body of Kevin Janson Neal’s wife hidden under the floor. They now believe the killing of his wife was the start of the rampage, which went public at 8 A.M. on Tuesday.
His neighbors also revealed that, prior to the shooting, his neighbors had repeatedly reported to police that he had been firing off hundreds of rounds of ammunition day and night.
He was still armed after the arrest. He used a semiautomatic rifle and two handguns to shoot 15 people, killing five, before he died in a shootout with police.
ABC News recounts the events of his shooting rampage. Following the death of Neal's wife, he randomly fired into residences, authorities said. Afterwards, he stole a car and continued to shoot as he drove by.
When he neared the school, he shot into the car of a woman who was taking her two children to school. He allegedly opened fire on them at an intersection, authorities said.
“The mother suffered life-threatening injuries from the shooting, and one of her children sustained non-life-threatening injuries,” said the police.
He then went to the Rancho Tehama Elementary School, armed with a semi-automatic rifle. He arrived before classes started, and he crashed a vehicle through the school’s locked gate and fired dozens of shots at the school. According to the school district, he damaged windows and walls.
One student was shot. Authorities said on Wednesday that the student was in critical condition.
“The gunman spent about six minutes there, Johnston said. Authorities said it appeared the gunman became frustrated when he could not gain entry to the classrooms, so he got back into the vehicle and left,” reported ABC.
The gunman then went back on the road, shooting and killing one person. After that killing, he crashed the first stolen vehicle, robbed someone, and took a second vehicle. Eventually, he engaged two officers. They returned fire, killing the suspect at the scene, according to police.
Please pray for this small community as they deal with this senseless violence.