Five Dead After Elementary School Shooting in Northern California
Nov 15 2017
Johnston said that about 100 law enforcement personnel were spread out at "multiple scenes" in and around the school, and described local police as "spread thin".
According to KCRA in Sacramento, the first shots were fired around 8 a.m. PT at Rancho Tehama School on the outskirts of Corning, California. Mercy Dignity Health confirmed that the hospital has received three patients.
On the way, he said, he saw an apparent gunshot victim and police at another scene. Johnston could not say how many people in total had been killed or wounded, but told the station, "I know of at least three deaths".
Several people were wounded at the school, said Jeanine Quist, an administrative assistant with the Corning Union Elementary School District.
Mr Johnston says the gunman was "randomly picking targets".
Separately, three people were being treated at a hospital in Redding, about 80km north of the shootings. No information about their conditions was immediately available, according to a spokeswoman for the facility, located about 45 miles from the school.
All other student were transported to a safe location following the shooting.
He declined to release the name of the shooter but said he was "aware" of a domestic violence incident that neighbors reported.
Brian Flint told local media his neighbor was the shooter, and that the neighbor had stolen his truck.
Investigators have recovered a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns. "We offer our condolences to the families who lost loved ones and unite with all Californians in grief".