TEHAMA COUNTY, Calif. (KCRA) — The Tehama County assistant sheriff announced Wednesday morning that six people, including the gunman, were killed in a shooting rampage through a small Northern California town that left seven children injured.
Multiple shots were fired around 8 a.m. at Rancho Tehama School on Stagecoach Road on the outskirts of Corning, northwest of Chico, Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said.
“It was a bizarre and murderous rampage,” Johnston said.
No children were killed in the shooting.
Johnston said that investigators served a search warrant Tuesday night at the home of Kevin Neal, who was identified by the sheriff’s department as the shooter.
Officers were looking for Neal’s wife at their home on Bobcat Lane, and during the service of the search warrant, her body was found hidden under the floor of the home, Johnston said. She had likely died as a result of several gunshot wounds.
“We believe that’s probably what started this whole event,” Johnston said.
Johnston also revealed that two semiautomatic rifles with “a number of” multi-round clips were seized from Neal’s property.
“These firearms are manufactured illegally, we believe, by him at his home,” Johnston said. “They were obtained in an illegal manner, not through a legal process. They’re not registered.”
CONDITIONS OF INJURED CHILDREN
Although there were no children killed in the shooting, one student was shot at the school and was taken to UC Davis Medical Center in critical condition, Johnston said Wednesday morning.
He was in a classroom and was shot twice — once in the chest and once in the foot — as bullets pierced the walls of the building, Corning Unified School District superintendent Richard Fitzpatrick said.
A second child and a woman were also shot inside a truck as they drove past the gunman, Johnston said. The boy inside the truck suffered non-life-threatening wounds, and the woman had serious, life-threatening injuries, Johnston said.
There were fourteen victims of the shooting rampage, including seven children. Four children were injured at the school. They’re injuries ranged from very minor to the life-threatening injury of the boy who was shot inside the classroom, according to Johnston.
A 2-year-old was injured at a nearby park, but that child’s injuries were non-life-threatening.
Five people — at least three children — were taken to Enloe Medical Center in Chico. Three of those patients have been treated and released, hospital officials said.