Three people were killed in a shooting at an elementary school in Northern California.
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.
Johnston said that a greater tragedy was averted due to the quick thinking of school officials.
Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston told reporters that the assailant was killed by police following the mass shooting, which began around 8:00 am (1600 GMT) at a home in Rancho Tehama Reserve and continued at several locations in the community, including the elementary school. Officers recovered a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns, which they believe were used by the shooter.
"It appears he couldn't make access to the room and he gave up and reentered the vehicle". The gunman was later killed by police. He wrote: "My mom just called me, there was a shooting at my little brother's school, 2 kids have been shot, parents are dead, my mother saw this and was in the middle of it. They went around the community shooting at the schools!"
"It was very clear at the onset that we had an individual that was randomly picking targets", Johnston said. A second child and a female adult were shot in a truck, authorities said.
The shooter reportedly wounded kids at the school.
Flint says he had been shooting "hundreds of rounds" from large magazines.
Enloe Medical Center in Chico tells NPR that it has received five patients, three of whom have been treated and released. No information about their conditions was immediately available, according to a spokeswoman for the hospital, about 45 miles from the school.
In a statement, California Gov.