Thursday 19 April 2018

Five dead as shooter goes on rampage

A woman and a child sit by an elementary school where a gunman opened fire in the community of Rancho Tehama Reserve in Corning, California Photo: AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli
A woman and a child sit by an elementary school where a gunman opened fire in the community of Rancho Tehama Reserve in Corning, California Photo: AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

Dean Gray

Five people died and several children were wounded in a shooting spree yesterday that ended at a school in a remote area of rural Northern California, according to officials and local media.

Police shot to death the gunman, who was among the five people who died in a series of shootings at seven or more locations, according to Redding, California, newspaper the 'Record Searchlight'.

The shooting spree began at a home and ended at Rancho Tehama School near the town of Corning, the Sacramento television station KCRA reported.

The shooter was armed with a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns, police said.

A number of students were airlifted for medical care.

A parent, Coy Ferreira, said he was dropping off his daughter when he heard gunshots.

"One of the teachers came running out of the building and told us to all run inside because there was a shooter coming," Ferreira said. "So we all ran and told the students to get in."

Once inside, Ferreira said he heard gunfire for over 20 minutes and a student in the room was struck.

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