Tehama county assistant sheriff Phil Johnston told reporters that the assailant was killed by police following the mass shooting, which began around 8:00am (1600 GMT) at a home in Rancho Tehama Reserve and continued at several locations in the community, including the elementary school.
He said no children were among the dead and the motive for the assault was unclear, although it may be linked to a domestic dispute and a history of disagreements with neighbors.
“It was very clear at the onset that we had an individual that was randomly picking targets,” Johnston said at a news conference.
“This man was very, very intent on completing what he set out to do today.”
He said one child was shot and wounded at the school….