Rancho Tehama, California elementary school was on lockdown after a mass shooting that encompassed five scenes with multiple victims and ended up in the school. Distraught parents were waiting for information on their children. It is not clear how many children were shot, but three people are dead, sheriff’s officials said, and witnesses described children screaming at the school as bullets were shot into classrooms. A 6-year-old was among those injured, according to 850 WFTL.
KRCR-TV reported that there may be two gunmen and two children shot. “Witnesses tell a chilling account of two gunman who opened fire at Rancho Tehama Elementary School near Corning Tuesday morning,” the station reported, adding that the witness described how gunmen fired bullets through classroom windows: “(The witness) said the series of shots came through the classroom windows, hitting one student…a young boy was shot in the foot and the chest. 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.” The television station added that one of the gunmen was described as being in his 30’s-40’s “dressed in green cammo.” These details were not confirmed by authorities yet. In past mass shootings, eyewitness accounts of more than one shooter have often proven to be wrong.
Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said in a brief news conference that a call came in of multiple shots fired. “That evolved into multiple victims and multiple shots at the elementary school. I am told at this point that the suspected shooter is deceased from law enforcement bullets.” He said that there were at least three deaths, but he couldn’t release their identities. “I don’t have any information at this time about any of the victims at the school. I know that we have medevaced (airlifted) a number of students. I know the school has been cleared. I know that we have the children who were attending school in a safe location at this time. You now know really what I know.”
Kelli Saam of KRCR News Channel 7 “spoke with a witness who works near where the shooting took place in Rancho Tehama” and said “We heard multiple shots, starting with about 10, and proceeding to about 90 shots, of a high powered some kind of rifle sounding. We heard a man and children screaming from my location, I’m about three blocks from the school, I could hear people screaming at the school.”
The sheriff’s official, speaking just after noon on November 14, as news of the mass shooting broke, said about 100 law enforcement personnel were in Rancho Tehama with multiple scenes. “I can think of at least five scenes I have been told about. We are spread thin… we are still requesting ambulances,” the official said. You can watch his news conference below:
Road into Rancho Tehama closed at turnoff at Paskenta Rd. Law enforcement says three dead, including suspect. At least 5 scenes,” reported Julie Zweeb, Red Bluff Daily News reporter. She also wrote earlier, in the afternoon of November 14, “Shots fired Rancho Tehama, elementary school on lockdown, scanner reports of one dead, one moderate to major injuries.” Zweeb added, “Multiple victims taken to hospital in Rancho Tehama shooting.” One shooter is said to be among the three who are deceased. That shooter’s motive and identity have not yet been released.
Sara Stinson, a reporter with Action News Now, reported that the road was blocked off with crime scene tape. “Parents are in distress stuck behind road block not knowing the status of their kids at school in Rancho Tehama where the shooter ended up,” she wrote. One witness said 90-100 shots were fired. The first shooting scene was at a nearby home.