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California shooting leaves four dead

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YUKON, Okla. -- The United States has been struck by another mass shooting.

In Northern California’s Tehama County, a gunman armed with a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns has killed two children and two adults.

A CNN report confirms the shooter’s identity as 43-year-old Kevin Janson Neal.

Neal was killed in a shootout with police when the suspect was attempting to get inside Rancho Tehama Elementary School. The Corning Union Elementary School District said the school was the main sight of the shooting.

No motive has been determined at the time of this report.

“This is a sad day for us here in Tehama County,” Assistant Sherriff Phil Johnston said in a CNN interview.

According to police officials, the faculty at Rancho Tehama Elementary School heard the gunfire approaching the school. This gave the staff time to lock down the school, turn out the lights, and hide the children underneath the desks.

Johnston said the shootings began with a domestic dispute. This report was supported by neighbors of the suspect after hearing him march out of his house earlier in the day.

Neal’s shooting spree began as he killed his two neighbors. The gunman’s mother, Anne, reports that he had been feuding with his neighbors due to his excessive use of firearms on his property and the, “overwhelming smell of illegal drugs,” Johnston reports.

“After the neighbors were killed, the suspect grabbed his guns and began randomly picking targets to kill,” he said.

According to police reports, the shooter was attempting to attack several schools in a mass killing spree. He was armed with a tactical vest with extra magazines for his guns.

By the time the suspect reached the school, all outside doors, with the exception of one outside bathroom, were locked. Neal rammed his stolen pickup truck through the school’s locked gate, made his way into the parking lot, and fired his guns into the windows.

At least 10 people were wounded by Neal’s shooting. Among the injured were seven adults and three children.

Those who were severely injured were transported to a nearby hospital via medical helicopter. The condition of the victims has not been released.

California Gov. Jerry Brown and wife Anne were “saddened to hear about today's violence in Tehama County, which shockingly involved schoolchildren," the governor said in a statement. “We offer our condolences to the families who lost loved ones and unite with all Californians in grief.”

Vice-President Mike Pence wrote on Twitter, “Saddened to hear of the shooting in N. California, the loss of life & injuries, including innocent children. We commend the effort of courageous law enforcement. We'll continue to monitor the situation & provide federal support, as we pray for comfort & healing for all impacted.”

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