Five people have been killed, including the shooter, in a small community about 15 miles southwest of Red Bluff.
Undersheriff Phil Johnston with the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office said there were seven shooting scenes and there may be more victims.
Two children were also shot and wounded this morning, he confirmed.
The shooting started shortly after 8 a.m., according to a Tehama County sheriff’s deputy, who confirmed two children have been hospitalized with gunshot wounds.
“It’s a very sad day for us in Tehama County,” said the unnamed deputy, who was visibly shaken by events.
There were at least 100 law enforcement officers at the scene, the deputy said.
“Multiple shots were fired in Rancho Tehama. That evolved into multiple victims and multiple shots at the school,” said the deputy. “I am told the suspected shooter is deceased from law enforcement bullets.”
Brian Flint stood outside the reserve and said he got a call in the morning that his roommate was injured and that his truck had been stolen.
It turned out his neighbor was the gunman, Flint said.
“The crazy thing is that the neighbor has been shooting a lot of bullets lately, hundreds of rounds, large magazines,” Flint said. “We made it aware that this guy is crazy and he’s been threatening us.”
Living near the gunman was “hell,” Flint said, and the man was a known felon who often harassed him and his neighbors.
The Rancho Tehama Reserve, a subdivision home to about 1,485 people, is described as a “quiet private country community” located 12 miles west of Interstate 5 between Red Bluff and Corning on its website. The community is known as a place “where people are friendly and the pace is relaxed.”
The deputy said he had no information on victims at the school, but that deputies had escorted a busload of children from the school to the Rancho Tehama Association.
Rosie DeOliveira, administrative assistant at the association, said that deputies have instructed the community to “shelter in place,” stay indoors and stay low.
“Our doors are locked,” she said.
A helicopter medical crew reported they were transporting a 6-year-old victim to Mercy Medical Center in Redding. The child had two gunshot wounds, according to emergency scanner traffic.
A second child also was reported to have been shot in the right leg, according to emergency dispatch reports.
A 30-year-old man was also being taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the right thigh, according to emergency dispatch reports.
Initial reports said somebody was barricaded in a structure and there were multiple victims, including one who was dead.
Katrina Gierman, who lives on Rancho Tehama near the elementary school, said she went outside and heard gunshots.
“I have not left my house because I am with my newborn son,” Gierman said. “Very scary moment.”
“I have the right to bear arms, and I will protect my son if I have to,” she said.
Jose Garcia, who owns the La Fortuna Market, about a half-mile from the 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.
The nearby Rancho Tehama Airport is also on lockdown.
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.
The FBI “is sending some teams up to assist at the request of Tehama County authorities,” said Jason Wandel, chief division counsel at the FBI’s Sacramento field office.