He said he was walking his daughter to her kindergarten class at the school when they heard what he thought was a firecracker. When several more bangs followed, he said, “One of the teachers came running out of the building and told us all to run inside the building, there was a shooter.”
Jeanine Quist, an administrator at the Corning Union Elementary School District, confirmed that there were people injured at the school, but said no one there was killed.
Brian Flint told a group of reporters that a man staying in his house was one of those killed and that some of his neighbors were among those who were shot.
He said that the gunman was a neighbor and said that he had threatened him, and had stabbed another neighbor, a woman, in a dispute earlier this year, and “I believe he was on bond because of that.”
“As far as we know he was, you know, crazy,” Mr. Flint said. “He shoots a lot of gunshots at night, in the morning, like a hundred rounds.”
He said he had let his roommate borrow his truck, and the man was returning it when he was shot in the driveway. “My truck was stolen, used in the crime,” he said.
Assistant Sheriff Johnston confirmed that the gunman stole a white Ford F-150 pickup truck, and later stole a car. He said his office began getting 911 calls at 7:52 a.m. about gunshots on Bobcat Lane, about a mile south of the school.
“We have information that he did several random drive-by shootings of residences” before reaching the school, Mr. Johnston said. Among those injured were a woman and child riding in a pickup truck.
“She had no clue who he was or why,” he said. “She was driving her kids to school.”
He fired repeatedly at the school before driving off, and “he was fleeing from the area of the school when he was engaged” by the law enforcement officers who killed him, Mr. Johnston said.
The killer “is known to law enforcement, but I don’t know him to be a felon,” he added.
In a statement, Gov. Jerry Brown said: “Anne and I are saddened to hear about today’s violence in Tehama County, which shockingly involved schoolchildren. We offer our condolences to the families who lost loved ones and unite with all Californians in grief.”
Rancho Tehama Reserve lies in a sparsely populated region of rolling hills between Redding and Chico, more than 100 miles north of Sacramento.
An earlier version of this article described the location of Rancho Tehama Reserve, Calif., incorrectly. It is more than 100 miles north of Sacramento, not more than 200 miles north.
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