School Lockdown Saved Students' Lives During Northern California Shooting Rampage

The death toll from a shooting in northern California has risen after the gunman's wife's body was found

Jeanine Quist, an administrative assistant with the Corning Union Elementary School District, confirmed a "number" of students were injured, but no one was killed at the school.

During the rampage that lasted 25 minutes, Johnston said the gunman spent about six minutes shooting into Rancho Tehama Elementary School before driving off to keep shooting elsewhere.

"This incident, as tragic and as bad as it is, could have been so much worse if it wasn't for the quick thinking and staff at our elementary school", said Phil Johnston, assistant sheriff of Tehama County.

The gunman, Kevin Neal, was killed in a shootout with police.

Neal's sister, Sheridan Orr, said she was "stunned" that her brother, who had mental health issues and a violent temper, had guns and said he had "no business with firearms whatsoever". Four others, including three children, are being treated at Enloe Medical Center in Chico, about 50 miles southeast of the shootings, hospital spokeswoman Nicole Johansson said. Witness Brian Rogers - who was across the street when the first shots rang out - said he heard single-fire shots by the school as if someone were taking time to pick targets a shot and the yelp of a dog, and to the south, a man at the municipal airport screaming for help, and more shooting there.




Juan Caravez, president of the local homeowners' association, told the AP that he and other neighbors complained of frequent gunfire coming from Neal's property, but "the sheriff wouldn't do anything about it". Police found her body hidden in a hole in the floor of his home Monday night, Johnston said. The day before the shootings, he had been the subject of a domestic violence call.

Records show Neal certified that he surrendered his weapons in February, but Johnston said Wednesday they had recovered two homemade assault rifles and two handguns registered to someone else.

A day before the shooting Neal told her he'd done "everything I could do and I am fighting against everyone who lives in this area". "That hurt my heart a lot to hear her say that".

Reached via social media, Gierman described the community as one where "everything is 20 [minutes] out" - the "freeway. walmart ... doctors everything". "She ... crawled out, bleeding", said her husband. "He didn't want to go to the doctor ... this 5-year-old shot twice". Police arrested the mother of his child. "I knew I wouldn't make it", she told KCRA.

WATCH: Four people are dead and several students injured after multiple shootings at several locations in rural California Tuesday.

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