Multiple casualties after mass shooting at elementary school in California

At least five people have been killed after a shooting spree that took place in a Northern California community, including an elementary school.

“I know of at least three deaths,” Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston told KCRA earlier today.

The death count has since risen to five.

Jeanine Quist, an administrative assistant with the Corning Union Elementary School District, said that no one at the school was killed, but students had been wounded. No names have been released, but a 6-year-old is undergoing treatment for two gunshot wounds and a second child was reportedly shot in the leg. A child and an adult woman were also shot in a truck.

Hospitals in the area have confirmed that they have received seven patients from the shooting.

The shooting reportedly began at a home, and then continued in seven locations, including an elementary school. Police say the shooter had a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns. The shooter has been killed by law enforcement.

Several students have been airlifted out of the premises at Rancho Tehama School as a result of the shooting, which officials say began at 8am.

One witness told KNVN that the gunman stole his truck and killed his roommate.

“He’s dead. He didn’t make it,” the witness said. “For his family and everything, I feel bad, and we’ll be there for them.”

The roommates lived near the gunman, and the surviving witness said that their “crazy” neighbor had been threatening them and shooting “hundreds of rounds” recently. Efforts made by the two to notify authorities led to no concrete action.

“The crazy thing is that the neighbor has been shooting a lot of bullets lately, hundreds of rounds, large magazines. And you know, we made it aware- This guy has been crazy, and he’s been threatening us and everything… I just feel like there maybe should have been more effort put into potentially stopping things like this.”