Rancho Tehama, CA (KXTV) - At least three people have been killed and two children wounded in a shooting in a small community about 15 miles southwest of Red Bluff this morning.
At least two children have been hospitalized with gunshot wounds, and three people were killed in a shooting that started shortly after 8 a.m. today, according to a Tehama County sheriff's deputy at the scene.
"Multiple shots were fired in Rancho Tehama ,with multiple victims. I am told the suspected shooter is deceased from law enforcement bullets," a deputy said.
The deputy said he had no information on victims at the school, but children from the school have been taken to a safe location, said the deputy, whose name was not available.
There were at least 100 law enforcement with multiple, "multiple scenes. We have at least 5 scenes right now," the deputy said.
"It's a very sad day for us in Tehama County," said the deputy, who was visibly shaken by events.
A helicopter medical crew reported they were transporting a 6-year-old victim to Mercy Medical Center in Redding. The child had two gunshot wounds, according to emergency scanner traffic.
A second child also was reported to have been shot in the right leg, according to emergency dispatch reports.
A 30-year-old man was also being taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the right thigh, according to emergency dispatch reports.
The incident was reported around 8:15 a.m.
There were reports of somebody barricaded in a structure and of multiple victims, including one person who is dead.
Jose Garcia, who owns the La Fortuna Market, about a half-mile from the Rancho Tehama School, said he heard "a lot of shooting" near the school shortly after 8 a.m.
He heard there were people injured, but those were unconfirmed reports.
An official at the Corning Elementary School District confirmed the elementary school in Rancho Tehama is on lockdown. Rancho Tehama is southwest of Red Bluff.
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 in Rancho Tehama.
The Tehama County Sheriff's Office escorted a busload of children from the nearby Rancho Tehama Elementary School to the local Rancho Tehama Association, located at the entrance of the reserve.
Rosie DeOliveira, administrative assistant at the association, said that deputies have instructed the community to "shelter in place," stay indoors and stay low.
"Our doors are locked," she said.
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