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Breaking: Gunman shoots and kills 4 in California, fails to break into school

Breaking: Gunman shoots and kills 4 in California, fails to break into school

- A gunman has killed four people in a northern California community on Tuesday, November 14

- The man tried to break into an elementary school but failed averting a larger death toll

- At least 10 people were wounded or hurt in the string of shootings in Rancho Tehama

On Tuesday, November 14, a remote northern California community was attacked by a gunman.

According to CNN, the killer was unable to break into an elementary school, saving a lot of lives. Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said the staff at tiny Rancho Tehama Elementary School west of Corning moved quickly when they heard gunfire nearby just before classes were set to begin,

Doors were locked and students dashed inside and hit the floors underneath desks and tables.The shooter rammed a stolen pickup through the school's locked gate, walked into the schoolyard, and fired his rifle through windows and walls.

He tried doors, but the buildings at the Rancho Tehama Reserve school were secure. Only an outside bathroom was open, but the gunman found no one there.

After about six minutes, he left, apparently frustrated. The school district said a student was wounded by gunfire and was in stable condition. Others were hurt by flying glass.

"This individual shooter was bent on engaging and killing people at random. I have to say this incident, as tragic and as bad as it is, could have been so much worse," Johnston said, applauding the quick thinking of the school staff.

The gunman's precise motives were unclear, but a dispute with a neighbor who was found dead Tuesday may have sparked the rampage in which there were seven shooting scenes.

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"This is an individual who armed himself, I think with the motive of getting even with his neighbors and when it went that far (that someone was killed) he just went on a rampage," Johnston also said.

The killer apparently chose most of his victims at random, sometimes firing at passing motorists, homes and also gunning down someone after he purposely crashed into another car. At least 10 people were wounded or hurt in the string of shootings in Rancho Tehama, about 125 northwest of Sacramento.

A woman is being treated for life-threatening injuries. A child who was in one of the affected vehicle was not seriously wounded.

Johnston told reporters: "This is a sad day for us here in Tehama County."

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