The demise toll in a Northern California capturing rampage rose to 6 on Wednesday after the authorities mentioned they discovered the physique of the gunman’s spouse hidden underneath the ground of the couple’s home.
The gunman, recognized by the Tehama County Sheriff’s Workplace as Kevin Janson Neal, killed his spouse, shot neighbors, attacked an elementary faculty and drove by way of the small rural neighborhood, firing at motorists early on Tuesday morning. He killed a complete of 5 individuals and injured 10, together with seven kids, earlier than he was killed by the police. One youngster who was shot on the faculty was in essential situation on Wednesday.
The capturing spree lasted round 25 minutes and occurred at completely different places throughout the unincorporated neighborhood of Rancho Tehama Reserve, Phil Johnston, assistant sheriff of Tehama County, advised reporters on Wednesday.
Mr. Johnston mentioned investigators believed that the killing of Mr. Neal’s spouse was what began the rampage.
“I actually don’t know what his motive was,” Mr. Johnston mentioned. “I believe he was simply on a rampage. I believe he had a need to kill as many individuals as he might.”
Mr. Neal’s sister advised The Related Press that her brother had a historical past of psychological sickness.
The police mentioned the college’s choice to order a lockdown prevented many extra kids from being killed. An announcement by the Corning Elementary College District mentioned the Rancho Tehama Elementary College “was in a position to go on lockdown in a short time and successfully, which prevented any additional harm or violence.”
Mr. Johnston mentioned that investigators had reviewed video from the college’s safety system that confirmed the gunman strolling the hallways and getting into a restroom, however showing to get annoyed that the classroom doorways had been locked.
Mr. Johnston mentioned that earlier than the capturing, the sheriff’s workplace had acquired complaints from neighbors that Mr. Neal would fireplace weapons at his house, usually at odd hours. He was on bail on fees of stabbing a neighbor in January.
Mr. Johnston mentioned Mr. Neal was underneath surveillance by deputies, however that that they had by no means witnessed earlier incidents of gunfire.