A gunman opened fire at multiple locations in Northern California, including near an elementary school leaving three people killed and four people, including three children, wounded in the incident. The shooter was also killed by the police.
Authorities said the shootings were reported in and around Rancho Tehama Elementary School, close to about 130 miles north of Sacramento. The shootings happened at about the same time that parents were dropping off their children.
Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said police are investigating at least five crime scenes. Initial reports by authorities say the shooting started at a house before moving to outside the school. It remains unclear whether any of the shooting took place inside school ground.
Witnesses at school said they either saw and heard multiple rounds being fired.
It is feared that among those wounded from the shootings are children as young as 6. The Enloe Medical Center in Chico confirmed they have received four patients, among them one adult and three children.
The school has been immediately evacuated as police quickly responded to the scene of the shootings and children were escorted to a safe location.
The motive for the attack has yet to be established as authorities continue their investigations.
Brian Flint, a neighbor of the gunman told local media that the attacker was acting “crazy”, threatening him and his roommate before stealing his truck. Flint also said that his gunman-neighbor had been shooting “hundreds of rounds” from large magazines.
Corning Union Elementary School District administrative assistant Jeanine Quist said that no one in the school was killed, but a number of students were shot and wounded.
Police promptly and strongly responded to the scene of the shootings, with officials deploying at least 100 law enforcement officers to about 5 different sites where the gunman opened fire.