At least three people were killed, including a suspected shooter and multiple elementary students were injured after shootings reported at several scenes including Rancho Tehama Elementary School in Northern California, Tehama County Sherrif's office said.
Officials said they were called around 8 a.m. Tuesday to a home near Rancho Tehama School where a man was reportedly shot. The gunman was later killed by police. Police said they were aware of a "domestic violence incident" that had taken place at some point involving the alleged shooter.
"There was a neighborhood dispute ongoing", he added, but beyond that, "we don't know what the motives are for this individual to go on a shooting spree". No students are thought to have been killed in the incident.
It's not yet clear what the terms of Neal's bail were, and whether he would have been allowed to possess and fire the weapons on his property at the end of a dirt road in Rancho Tehama Reserve. The Corning Elementary School District issued a statement, saying at least one student was shot during the lockdown, but the staff's "courageous and immediate response.prevented any further injury or violence".
"Mum, it's all over now", Neal's mother said he told her in their final conversation.
"We have not connected him with any one person in the school", Johnston said.
Mr. Johnston said that investigators had reviewed video from the school's security system that showed the gunman walking the hallways and entering a restroom, but appearing to get frustrated that the classroom doors were locked.
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The gunman's sister, Sheridan Orr, told The Associated Press that her brother had struggled with mental illness and had a violent temper.
NPR's Nate Rott spoke to resident Tiffany Rodgers, who says she knows nearly every student at the elementary school and heard the shooting from a nearby cafe.
The gunman arrived at the small elementary school - about 2 miles from his home - just before classes were to begin. Five others, including three children, were being treated at Enloe Medical Center in Chico, about 100km southeast of the shootings, hospital spokeswoman Nicole Johansson said.
A witness told KCRA that the gunman stole his truck and shot and killed his roommate.
"No matter where I go for help here I get nobody who will help me", she said he told her. None was killed, though one boy was seriously wounded. She saw the man's face but he said nothing.
Yet Kevin Neal was free and able to use a semiautomatic rifle and two handguns Tuesday to shoot 14 people, killing four, before he died in a shootout with police.