Police: Five dead, 10 wounded in Northern California shooting

Rancho Tehama school in Corning, Calif. where shots were fired. (NBC News/KCRA)
Rancho Tehama school in Corning, Calif. where shots were fired. (NBC News/KCRA)

CORNING, Calif. (AP) — 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, which is approximately 140 miles north of Sacramento.

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.

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