Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

California: 3 Killed at Rancho Tehama School Shooting, Elementary Students Injured

Melinda Barton | 15 November, 2017, 12:51

At least three people have died and a number of primary school students have been wounded after a string of shootings in northern California.

Jeanine Quist, an administrative assistant with the Corning Union Elementary School District said that a number of students were shot and wounded, but no one was killed at the school.

Rancho Tehama resident Salvador Tello, who was taking his three children to school, described seeing the gunman open fire, killing a woman.

Several children have been transported to the hospital. The shooter himself has been killed by police and several victims are now being treated at a local hospital.

A school employee ran out and yelled for the children to get inside the classrooms because someone was shooting at the school, Ferreira said. Ten people have been hospitalized, authorities say.

Another student in a neighboring room was also shot, Ferreira added. Officials said they are actively searching for the shooter.

"He's dead. He didn't make it", the witness said.

A "semi-automatic rifle and two handguns" have been recovered, Johnston said.

More than 100 law enforcement officers were on scene.

Posts on social media showed Rancho Tehama Road being closed off with yellow crime tape, and students' parents stuck behind the road block. No information about their conditions was immediately available, according to a spokeswoman for the hospital, about 45 miles from the school.

Gov. Jerry Brown issued a statement offering condolences to families who lost loved ones in "today's violence in Tehama County, which shockingly involved schoolchildren".