RED BLUFF, Calif. (AP) -
Update 2 pm: The assistant sheriff in Northern California says a gunman opened fire "without provocation" in a rural town, killing four people and wounding 10, before police fatally shot him.
Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston says investigators are trying to determine a motive in the shootings Tuesday in the small community of Tehama Ranch Reserve.
Johnston says the gunman shot a person, stole a pickup truck and went on a shooting rampage. He says after crashing the truck, the suspect hijacked a second vehicle and kept shooting people at random, including children.
There were seven shooting scenes in all. Johnston says police have recovered a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns.
Johnston says the gunman was involved in a domestic violence incident Monday.
Update 1 pm: A witness to a series of deadly shootings in rural Northern California says the gunman shot at a truck in front of him as he was dropping off his three kids at school.
Salvador Tello said Tuesday that he also saw a dead woman lying on a street about a quarter-mile from Rancho Tehama School. He says the woman's husband was beside her and had been shot in the leg.
Tello says he was about three blocks from the school when bullets tore into the truck. He made his kids get down and slammed his vehicle into reverse.
Tello says the gun must have been large because the bullets made "big holes" in the truck carrying several men.
At least 10 children and adults have been hospitalized.
Enloe Medical Center says in a statement that five people were treated there and that three have been released. Spokeswoman Nicole Johansson says three of the patients were minors.
Separately, three people were being treated at a hospital in Redding, about 50 miles north of the shootings.
The hospitals haven't released the extent of the injuries.
Update: Authorities say a series of shootings in rural Northern California left five people dead, including the shooter, and that two children were among the wounded.
Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston says one child was shot at a school Tuesday and another was shot while riding in a pickup truck with a woman who was also wounded.
Johnston says the shooter was "randomly picking targets." He says there were seven shooting scenes and that there may be more victims.
Update 11:34 am: Officials now saying at least five dead. Two law enforcement officers shot at the suspect. Officers recovered one assault rifle and two handguns.
Initial Story: Authorities say three people have been killed in shootings at multiple locations in rural Northern California, and the shooter has been killed by law enforcement. Students also were shot and wounded at an elementary school.
It's not clear if the shooter is included among the dead Tuesday.
Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston tells a TV station in the city of Chico that officers are investigating at least five crime scenes in and around the school in Rancho Tehama Reserve, about 130 miles north of Sacramento.
Jeanine Quist, an administrative assistant with the Corning Union Elementary School District, says no one was killed at the school but a "number" of students were shot and wounded.
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