Brian Flint told the Record Searchlight newspaper in the city of Redding Tuesday that his neighbor, whom he knows only as Kevin, also stole his truck. A woman driving the truck was also shot, and all three are being treated for their injuries.
The shooting was first reported around 8:15 a.m. PT. "That evolved to multiple victims and multiple shots at the school, at the elementary school".
Details were still sketchy hours after the shootings, and authorities did not have a firm count of the wounded due to the number of places the gunman attacked, Mr Johnston said. A man says his roommate is among the victims in Northern California and that his neighbor was the gunman. The shooter himself has been killed by police and several victims are now being treated at a local hospital.
Tehama, the community in which the shooting occurred, is about 210km north of Sacramento and has a population of just 3500.
A reporter at Action News Now described anxious parents trying to get to their children at Rancho Tehama Elementary.
It is not yet clear if any pupils are among the dead.
The alleged gunman was shot dead by law enforcement officials.
Officers were sent to multiple scenes in the area.
No one answered the phone at the elementary school, and an official speaking for Rich DuVarney, Tehama County superintendent of schools, said he was trying to find out what was happening. About 100 students attend the school, which has kindergarten through fifth grades. There are just four teachers on staff; each teaches at least two grades, according to the school newsletter. The largest town in the county, Red Bluff, has a population of about 14,000, according to the Census Bureau.
In a statement, California Gov.
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Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.
The shooter's name has not been released.