Four Dead After Elementary School Shooting in Northern California

| NOV 14, 2017 | 7:01 PM


UPDATE [11/15/17, 10:21 a.m. ET]:

While authorities refused to release the name of Tuesday's shooter, they confirmed that he was the same man charged with an assault in January. According to the Sacramento Bee, district attorney Gregg Cohen said that man was Kevin Neal. Neal, according to the Associated Press, was involved with a domestic violence call on Monday.

Neal struggled with mental illness throughout his life, according to his sister, Sheridan Orr, who said he had “no business” owning guns. Neal's mother recalled a phone call she had with her son the day before the shooting. “Mom it’s all over now,” he reportedly told her. He also apologized to her, described himself as “on a cliff,” and speculated that people intended to “execute” him. 

His mother told the AP that Neal suspected his neighbors, with whom he was in a long-running dispute, were cooking methamphetamine.

It's unclear how Neal obtained the semiautomatic rifle and two handguns he used to kill four and injure 10 on Tuesday. He was on bail, which Neal's mother posted at $160,000, after allegedly stabbing his neighbor. 

UPDATE [11/14/17, 5:18 p.m. ET]:

Multiple outlets reported that four people died in Tuesday's shooting. 10 were wounded, according to ABC News. No children died as a result of the shooting.

UPDATE [11/14/17, 3:48 p.m. ET]:

An earlier report claimed that two children were among the dead. Those two were wounded, but did not die. 

Authorities, according to ABC News, said the gunman opened fire at seven different locations. Local hospitals reported that at least seven people were admitted.

Original Story:

At least five people died after a gunman opened fire at an elementary school in Northern California on Tuesday morning:

Roughly 100 students attend the school, according to a local ABC affiliate, and a “number” were reportedly shot and wounded at the scene in Red Bluff, California.

While law enforcement initially said at least three people died, it said that a “number” of students were medically evacuated from the area, The Los Angeles Times reported. An Action News Now reporter later said five people died.

The owner of Coffee Addition, a cafe near the shooting, said she heard about 100 rounds fired and multiple guns. After hearing gunfire and screams, she called 911, The L.A. Times reported.

Police killed the gunman who, according to a local NBC affiliate, shot and killed his neighbor before the shooting at Rancho Tehama School. His neighbor's roommate indicated that the gunman may have stolen his truck and that he had been shooting “hundreds of rounds,” presumably near his house.

“We made it aware that 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 stopping things like this,” neighbor Brian Flint told Action News Now.

The shooter's identity is currently unclear, and as one man indicated, two gunmen might have carried out the attack.

A photo of the school emerged on social media:

Coy Ferreira told KRCR TV what he witnessed when dropping off his daughter for school around 8:00 a.m. local time:

Coy Ferreira, whose daughter is a kindergarten student, was dropping his daughter off for class just before 8 a.m. when he heard what sounded like a firecracker. A school secretary ran out and yelled for the kids to get in the classrooms because someone was shooting at the school.

Ferreira said he ran into a classroom with 14 students. He said the series of shots came through the classroom windows, hitting one student. Ferreria said a young boy was shot in the foot and the chest. When he spoke to us, he said the child was alert and talking. He said another student in an adjacent classroom was shot under the arm. That child was also conscious.

Ferreira said there were two gunmen. He saw one of them, a man in his 30's-40's dressed in green camo running away from the school after the shooting.

More than 100 law enforcement officers began investigating the case, with at least seven crime scenes in and around the school.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated with additional information as it becomes available.