At least five people were killed on Tuesday in a shooting spree in a rural area of Northern California that began at a home and ended at an elementary school, local media has reported.
Authorities recovered a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns.
"I don't believe it, because I wake up, take my kids, feed them cereal and put them in the truck, and say "let's go to school like a normal day".
The school has been cleared and children were moved to a safe location. "Multiple students" have been airlifted from the scene according to Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston, including a 6-year-old.
More than 100 law enforcement officers were on scene. At least one student was shot and injured at an elementary school after shootings occurred at seven separate scenes near the town of Red Bluff. The gunman was reportedly shot by police.
Students at Rancho Tehama Elementary are being evacuated to the Rancho Tehama Recreation Hall.
NPR's Nate Rott spoke to resident Tiffany Rodgers, who knows nearly every student at the elementary school and heard the shooting from a nearby cafe.
A witness told KCRA-TV that his truck was stolen and his roommate was shot and killed by the suspect. They lived near the unnamed man and said he had been shooting a lot of rounds lately. "This guy has been insane, and he's been threatening us and everything".
California Governor Jerry Brown said in a statement he and his wife were "saddened to hear about today's violence in Tehama County, which shockingly involved schoolchildren". "We offer our condolences to the families who lost loved ones and unite with all Californians in grief".
The shooting apparently did not start at the school.