Four killed in California shooting rampage

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Four killed in California shooting rampage
Published : 15 Nov 2017, 10:34:26
Four killed in California shooting rampage
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Four people are dead after a gunman opened fire in northern California at several locations, including an elementary school, police have said.
 
The shooting began at a home in the rural community of Rancho Tehama, about 120 miles (195km) from Sacramento, on Tuesday morning.
 
Police say the gunman was shot dead by police after four people were killed and 10 others injured in the rampage.
 
Officials believe the shootings started as a "domestic violence incident".
 
Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston told the Associated Press news agency that the gunman tried to enter the Rancho Tehama Elementary School with the intention to shoot more children, but was stopped once staff initiated a lockdown.
 
School officials heard shots being fired and immediately locked the school down, Mr Johnston said. He added that the decision saved children's lives.
 
"The shooter literally took his vehicle and rammed their fence and gate, entered the grounds on foot with a semiautomatic rifle," Mr Johnston told US media.
 
A motive is still unclear, but police said the assailant had been involved in a domestic violence incident a day earlier.
 
The gunman, who has yet to be identified, appeared to be "randomly picking targets", Mr Johnston told the Los Angeles Times newspaper.
 
A student at the elementary school was shot and another child was hit in a truck along a road, Mr Johnston said. A woman driving the truck was also struck and all three were being treated for injuries, he said.
 
One of the four victims was a neighbour the gunman was accused of assaulting in January, the AP reported.
 
Mr Johnston said the neighbour, a woman, had a restraining order against the gunman.
A semi-automatic rifle and two handguns were recovered from one of the crime scenes, police said.-BBC
 
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