Gunman picking random targets kills 4 in Northern California

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Three people are dead after Tuesday morning shootings in the area of Rancho Tehama School in Northern California, KCRA-TV and The Associated Press report.

"I know that we have (airlifted) a number of students", Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston told the station.

About 100 law enforcement officials responded to "multiple scenes, I can think of at least five scenes", after the shooting, he said.

It was "very clear" early on that "we had a subject that was randomly picking targets", he said.

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Brian Flint told local media his neighbor was the shooter and had stolen his truck.

A six year-old child with two gunshot wounds was reportedly transported by helicopter to a hospital. The first calls described a shooting on Bobcat Lane; calls from multiple other sites soon came in, including the elementary school. Students also were shot and wounded at an elementary school.

Rancho Tehama Elementary is a small school, serving students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.

He said the suspected perpetrator, whose name has not been released, was involved in a "domestic violence incident" reported by neighbors before the shooting. He says he and his roommate told authorities that their neighbor was acting "crazy" and threatening them. Mercy Medical Center in Redding received three patients, including one who also was transferred elsewhere, said Harter, whose company, Dignity Health, runs both hospitals. They lived near the unnamed man and said he had been shooting a lot of rounds lately. She declined to provide other details about the victims or their injuries. No information about their conditions was immediately available, according to a spokeswoman for the hospital, about 45 miles from the school.

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