Children shot an Northern California elementary school

Shooting near elementary school kills at least three; children among injured

At least 3 dead in Calif. elementary school shooting

At least three people have died and a number of primary school students have been wounded after a string of shootings in northern California.

Johnston says the shooter was "randomly picking targets". Johnston could not say how many people in total had been killed or wounded, but told the station, "I know of at least three deaths". Two shooter had a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns. "This guy has been insane, and he's been threatening us and everything". Police confirmed that students were among those transported to hospitals.

Three people were being treated at a hospital in Redding, about 50 miles north of the shootings, Mercy Medical Center spokeswoman Marcy Miracle said.

He said the shooter also stole his truck.

The school district was cooperating with local law enforcement, according to its statement. Johnston said the school had been cleared by 10 a.m. but he did not have any information about the victims there.

Jason Wandel, chief division counsel at the FBI's Sacramento field office, told AFP that agents had been sent to help with the investigation but wouldn't confirm any details regarding the incident.

"It's a really sad day for us in Tehama County, really", Johnston said, choking up as he finished addressing reporters.

Living near the gunman was "hell", Flint said, and the man was a known felon who often harassed him and his neighbors.

"Anne and I are saddened to hear about today's violence in Tehama County, which shockingly involved schoolchildren", Gov.

Local news reports said the incident began as a domestic dispute that escalated.

Fox 5 in San Diego reports the shooting started at a home and moved to the elementary school.

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