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One student was wounded at the school and another child was shot while driving with a woman, who also was wounded, Johnston said.
“It was very clear at the onset that we had an individual that was randomly picking targets,” Johnston said.
He declined to release the name of the shooter but said the gunfire began with a domestic violence incident that neighbors reported.
told the Record Searchlight newspaper in the city of Redding that his neighbor, whom he knows only as Kevin, was the gunman and that his roommate was among the victims. He said the shooter also stole his truck.
“The crazy thing is that the neighbor has been shooting a lot of bullets lately, hundreds of rounds, large magazines,” Flint said. “We made it aware that this guy is crazy and he’s been threatening us.”
Authorities have recovered a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns after the shootings in the rural subdivision described on its website as a “quiet private country community” where “the people are friendly and the pace is relaxed.”
Jeanine Quist, an administrative assistant with the Corning Union Elementary School District, said no one was killed at the school with kindergarten through fifth grades.
Three people were being treated at a hospital in Redding, about 50 miles north of the shootings, Mercy Medical Center spokeswoman Marcy Miracle said. She declined to provide other details about the victims or their injuries.
Four others, including three children, were being treated at Enloe Medical Center in Chico, about 50 miles southeast of the shootings, hospital spokeswoman Nicole Johansson said.
California Gov. Jerry Brown said he and his wife, Anne, are saddened by the shooting that “shockingly involved schoolchildren.”
Brown offered their condolences to the families who lost loved ones and said they are united with all Californians in grief.