Shooting rampage in rural Northern California leaves 5 dead

RANCHO TEHAMA, Calif. (NBC News) — At least five have been killed and 10 others wounded in a series of shootings in rural Northern California.

The Tehama County Sheriff’s Office confirms that the suspected shooter is among the dead and two children have been wounded.

Police say the shooting spree began around 8 a.m. when a gunman randomly opened fire at a residence about 120 miles north of Sacramento.

The shooter then moved to an elementary school.

One child was shot at a school and another was shot while riding in a pickup truck with a woman who was injured by gunfire as well, says TSCO Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston.

Officials say there are multiple crime scenes in the remote area of northern California.

Police say the gunman seemingly chose additional targets at random — killing four and wounding 10 before he was confronted.

“The suspect engaged two officers,” says Johnston. “They returned fire [and] the suspect was killed at the scene.”

Investigators say there is no known motive or connection to any of the victims.

But Briant Flint, a resident of the city of Redding, claims his neighbor was the gunman and that his roommate was among the victims.

“You know, we just, we’ve made it aware that this guy has been crazy and he’s been threatening us,” Flint explains.

He says his neighbor has been shooting hundreds of rounds from large magazines.

A semi-automatic rifle and two handguns have been recovered by authorities.

According to an Enloe Medical Center spokesperson, the hospital is treating three children and one adult. One patient was flown by helicopter to a hospital about 50 miles southeast of the shootings.

Separately, three people are being treated at a hospital in Redding, about 50 miles north of the shootings.

The incident remains under investigation.

Crime tape blocks off Rancho Tehama Road after a fatal shooting on Tuesday (KNVN, NBC News)

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