Tehama County shooting: At least five dead at elementary school – students airlifted out

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
By Paul Martin

AT LEAST five people have been killed in a shooting at a US elementary school.

Tue, Nov 14, 2017

The alleged gunman was also shot dead by authorities, the sheriff’s department said.

There are also reports and eyewitness accounts of several people injured, with some airlifted from the school.

The sheriff’s department in Tehama County said officers had recovered a semiautomatic rifle and two handguns believed to have been used by the shooter.

Police in Tehama County, California, said the shooting began at a home in the local area and moved to Rancho Tehama elementary school.

Several shots were fired at the school, sometime before 9am.

There are currently 100 law enforcement personnel on the scene, while residents have been encouraged to remain in their homes as police investigate.

Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said: “I know that we have airlifted a number of students.

“I know that the school’s been cleared. I know that we have children that were attending school in a safe location at this time.”

Eyewitness Coy Ferreira told local media KRCR he was dropping his daughter off a kindergarten around 8am local time when the shooting began.

He said he heard what sounded like a firecracker before a school secretary ran out and told everyone to go into classrooms due to a shooter at the school.

Mr Ferreira told reporters he ran into a classroom with 14 students.

He said bullets flew through the classroom windows, hitting one student who was shot in the foot and chest.

He said a child in an adjacent classroom was shot under the arm. Both children were conscious and talking after they were shot.

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