Tehama County school shooter identified; had previously stabbed a woman killed in gun rampage

Authorities have identified the man who terrorized a remote Northern California town with a semiautomatic weapon and two pistols, killing four people and injuring ten more in a shooting spree that encompassed several different locations, including an elementary school.

CBS News reports that Kevin Janson Neal, 43, was the man killed in a police shootout Tuesday morning after he went on a rampage, using stolen vehicles, in the community of Rancho Tehama Reserve in Tehama County, which is just over 100 miles north of Sacramento.

Authorities told the news station that he had a previous criminal history and released an earlier mugshot to the media. As CrimeOnline previously reported, Neal was out on bail after being arrested for stabbing a woman.

According to the Associated Press, that stabbing victim was among those killed in the mass shooting. Her name has not been released, and the exact nature of the relationship between them is not known, though they were reportedly neighbors.

The Associated Press also reported that the gunman had intended on harming more children, but a lockdown at the elementary school is being credited with preventing more deaths. A six-year-old child was among those being treated for gunshot wounds on Tuesday.

This is a developing story and will be updated as CrimeOnline receives more information.


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