At least five dead, children injured in US primary school shooting

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 07:48:19 AM. Five people are killed and at least seven children and adults have been injured after a series of shootings at multiple locations, including a primary school, in Northern California.

Police said the shooter opened fire and randomly picked his targets. (Image: AP) Video: Police said the shooter opened fire and randomly picked his targets. (Image: AP) (ABC News)

Five people have been killed and at least seven children and adults have been injured after a series of shootings at multiple locations, including a primary school, in Northern California.

Details were still sketchy hours after the shooting and authorities did not have a firm count of the injured due to the number of places where the gunman opened fire in the community of Rancho Tehama Reserve, about 200 kilometres north of Sacramento.

Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston confirmed the shooter was shot dead during the incident and officers were investigating at least five crime scenes in and around the school.

A streetview shows the tiny classroom of the rural Rancho Tehama school. Photo: The school went into lockdown following the shooting. (Supplied: Google Maps)

One student was injured at the school and another child was shot while driving with a woman, who also was wounded, Sheriff Johnston said.

"It was very clear at the onset that we had an individual that was randomly picking targets," he said.

Jeanine Quist, an administrative assistant with the Corning Union Elementary School District, said no-one was killed at the school with prep through fifth grades.

Enloe Medical Centre spokeswoman Nicole Johansson said the hospital was treating four people this morning, including three minors.

She said one patient was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Chico, about 80km south-east of the shootings. Ms Johansson provided no other information.

Separately, three people were being treated at a hospital in Redding, about 80km north of the shootings.

External Link: A map shows the location of the rural town rocked by the "random" shootings.

'This guy is crazy'

Sheriff Johnston declined to release the name of the shooter but said the gunfire began with a domestic violence incident that neighbours reported.

Brian Flint told the Record Searchlight newspaper in the city of Redding that his neighbour, whom he knows only as Kevin, was the gunman and that his roommate was among the victims.

He said the shooter also stole his truck.

"The crazy thing is that the neighbour has been shooting a lot of bullets lately, hundreds of rounds, large magazines," Mr Flint said.

"We made it aware that this guy is crazy and he's been threatening us."

Authorities have recovered a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns after the shootings in the rural subdivision described on its website as a "quiet private country community" where "the people are friendly and the pace is relaxed".

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