Reports indicate that three people have been killed and two people been wounded in a shooting in Rancho Tehama, California. A helicopter medical crew reported they were transporting a 6-year-old victim with two gunshot wounds to Mercy Medical Center. At least two children have been hospitalized with gunshot wounds.
The Tehama County Sheriff’s Office says the shooting happened near an elementary school in Rancho Tehama around 8:00 AM local time with reports of somebody barricaded in a structure and of multiple victims, including one person who is dead. “Multiple students” were airlifted from the scene, with a 6-year-old reportedly among the injured.
According to emergency dispatch reports, a second child also was reported to have been shot in the right leg and a 30-year-old man was also being taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the right thigh.
Jose Garcia, who owns the La Fortuna Market, about a half-mile from the Rancho Tehama School, said he heard “a lot of shooting” near the school shortly after 8 a.m. He heard there were people injured, but those were unconfirmed reports.
An official at the Corning Elementary School District confirmed the elementary school in Rancho Tehama is on lockdown. Rancho Tehama is southwest of Red Bluff.
No one answered the phone at the elementary school, and an official speaking for Rich DuVarney, Tehama County superintendent of schools, said he was trying to find out what was happening in Rancho Tehama.
The Tehama County Sheriff’s Office escorted a busload of children from the nearby Rancho Tehama Elementary School to the local Rancho Tehama Association, located at the entrance of the reserve.
Rancho Tehama Elementary was placed lockdown. The shooter was shot & killed by police.
According to KRCR TV, a witness identified only as Tiffany, who operates the nearby Coffee Addiction Coffee Shop, said she heard about 90-100 shots fired. Furthermore, Tiffany reported that she saw a Honda drive by with the windows shot out. She also saw at least five ambulances responding to the area.