Wife of Tehama County Gunman Found Dead in Home, Bringing Death Toll to 6

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

TEHAMA COUNTY -- Six people were killed Tuesday, including the gunman, in a shooting in the rural community of Rancho Tehama near Red Bluff.

Officials say the shooting began as a domestic disturbance and spanned seven different crime scenes, including an elementary school, before the suspect was shot and killed by police.

A witness near the scene told KRCR she heard 90-100 shots fired. Another witness claimed to see a white pickup truck drive through the school gate and start shooting.

According to the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office, the shooting began at a home on Bobcat Lane around 7:54 a.m.

Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said the shooter, who has been identified as Kevin Janson Neal, according to the Sacramento Bee, was known to law enforcement.

Authorities say the first of the victims killed by the gunman were his neighbors. One of the neighbors had a restraining order against the suspect following an assault in January.

A man who identified himself as Neal's neighbor says his roommate was shot and killed Tuesday. He described past interactions with the suspect.

"This guy has been crazy and he's been threatening us," he said.

During a press conference Wednesday, authorities revealed that, while serving a search warrant, they found the suspect's wife shot and killed under their home.

Based on their investigation so far they be believe the woman was shot by Neal late Monday night.

Investigators said the suspect appeared to be picking other targets randomly, including the school. The man was believed to be armed with a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns. Neal unloaded dozens of rounds, according to investigators.

Authorities say the suspect tried to get into rooms at the elementary school with the intent of shooting children, but that workers initiated a lockdown that saved lives.

Assistant Sheriff Johnston says it was "monumental" that school workers took the action they did and there is no doubt in his mind they saved the lives of countless children.

Bullets shattered the windows and a boy was shot in the chest and foot. The boy's family tells KRCR that he's in critical condition at UC Davis Medical Center. The family set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for his medical expenses.

Rancho Tehama Elementary School is closed until further notice in order for law enforcement to complete its investigation and to make necessary repairs.

FOX40 spoke to one man whose vehicle was hit with gunfire as his wife tried to drop off their 5-year-old child at school on Tuesday morning.

"My kid was right here, so it was close," Antonio Favela said.

Luckily, Favela's young son and wife got away unharmed, but not everyone was so lucky.

Around 8:19 a.m. the suspect was shot and killed by officers.

During the suspect's shooting, no children were killed, officials said. No officers were injured.

Meanwhile, elected officials at the state and national level offered condolences.

Stay with FOX40 for updates on this shooting.



Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.