At Least 5 Dead in Shooting in Northern California Elementary School

At Least 5 Dead in Shooting in Northern California Elementary School

At Least 5 Dead in Shooting in Northern California Elementary School

The story of Tuesday's rampage will haunt the Northern California community for a generation.

At least three people are dead after a shooting at Rancho Tehama Tuesday morning.

When police showed up Tuesday and spoke to neighbors, they reported thinking "there was a domestic violence incident" involving the couple Monday, though that had not been called in to authorities, Johnston said.

Randy Morehouse, the maintenance and operations supervisor for the Corning Elementary School District, walks past the gate that gunman Kevin Janson Neal crashed through during his shooting rampage at Rancho Tehama Elementary School, Nov. 15, 2017.

The court records show a judge ordering Neal to stay away from the woman who was stabbed and her mother-in-law on February 28.

The records also show that Neal was charged with illegally firing a weapon and possessing an illegal assault rifle on January 31. The 44-year-old was charged with five felonies and two misdemeanors.

Neal was arrested and booked at the Tehama County Jail but later posted $160,000 bail.

A witness said the gunman appeared to be shooting at random. When she reached safety, she began asking people for help. He declined to discuss details. "It's a really sad day for us in Tehama County, really", he said.

Barone also represented Neal in February in the stabbing case.

At Wednesday's news conference, Johnston initially said Neal "was not prohibited from owning firearms" but later acknowledged the protective order against him. Cristal Caravez and her father live across a ravine from the roadway where the gunman and his first victims lived.

"You can have probable cause even if officers don't see a gun or hear shots", she said. "But I got woken up by my kids, I stayed awake", recalled Phommathep.

A day before the shooting Neal told her he'd done "everything I could do and I am fighting against everyone who lives in this area". "I mean I've never heard gunshots like that before", he said.

Juan Caravez, president of the local homeowners' association, told the AP that he and other neighbors complained of frequent gunfire coming from Neal's property, but "the sheriff wouldn't do anything about it".

"The sheriff wouldn't do anything about it", Juan Caravez said.

A motive for the attack was still not known, but Johnston said: "I think he had a desire to kill as many people as he could".

"We have about 100 law enforcement personnel in Rancho Tehama right now with multiple, multiple scenes", Johnston said. "He would not come to the door", Johnston said. "His house was arranged in a manner where we couldn't detect him being there".

Neal's family had tried for years to get him treatment for his apparent mental illness, his sister, Sheridan Orr, said in a telephone interview.

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