Hours later, Neal opened fire at various locations Tuesday, including at the Rancho Tehama elementary school, where he crashed his vehicle through a locked gate and marched toward the classrooms. A woman driving the truck was also struck and all three were being treated for injuries, he said. Teachers, parents and young children at Rancho Tehama Elementary dived into classrooms, locked the doors behind them and huddled under desks, as close to the ground as they could get. “I truly believe we would have had a horrific bloodbath in that school if that school hadn’t taken the action that it did”. “In all the time we’ve been out here there has been nearly, I would say nearly zero police presence”. “I have done everything I could do and I am fighting against everyone who lives in this area”.
The shooter “tried and tried and tried and tried to get into the kindergarten door”, he said. Neal was fatally shot by officers pursuing him down the road from the school where he opened fire.
One student, 6-year-old Alejandro Hernandez, was shot in the chest and right foot.
That was one claim from a report from NBC that featured several incorrect, misleading, or unclear statements.
Despite this, police said Neal committed his mass shooting with a pair of home-built AR-15 rifles and a pair of handguns that were registered to somebody else in California. “I think he was just on a rampage, I think he had a desire to kill as many people as he could”.
Johnston, the assistant sheriff, came across and helped her, her husband said.
A fearless mother may have also helped warn staff at the school about the danger. “She said the gun felt like it was a thousand pounds, and it was like there was lava in the back of her shoulder”. Physicians were able to remove all bullets, save for the one lodged in her hip, which will remain.
She turned her vehicle around. Four people refused, one person told her they were late for work.
In fact, as the Los Angeles Times reports, Neal was ordered by a judge to surrender his firearms.
Jessie Sanders told CNN affiliate KCRA he tried to draw the gunman’s attention away from the school.
“I really don’t know what his motive was”, Johnston said. The shooting “would be during the day, during the night, I mean, it didn’t matter”.
“It was very clear at the onset that we had an individual that was randomly picking targets”, he said. Phommathep threw her body on her 10-year-old son who was sitting in the passenger seat.
Johnston said the gunman had “prior contacts with law enforcement”.
Mr Johnston said the neighbour, a woman, had a restraining order against the gunman.
At Wednesday’s news conference, Johnston initially said Neal “was not prohibited from owning firearms” but later acknowledged the protective order against him.
Authorities said the shooter was armed with a semiautomatic weapon and two handguns..