The gunman believed to have killed four people and injured 10 more before he died in a shootout with police in rural Northern California told his mother the day before the shooting that he was done fighting with neighbors — but at least one neighbor is believed to be a victim of his killing spree.
A woman who said she was Kevin Janson Neal’s mother told the Associated Press (AP) that he called her on Monday and said he was going to quit fighting with his neighbors.
The woman, who identified herself only as Anne, told the AP that her son said “I’m on a cliff and there’s nowhere to go” in their phone conversation the day before the mass shooting.
“Mom it’s all over now,” he said. “I have done everything I could do and I am fighting against everyone who lives in this area.”
The nature of his dispute with neighbors is unclear. As CrimeOnline previously reported, one of those neighbors, Brian Flint, told local news stations that Neal was known to shoot off his multiple guns on his property, putting the neighbors on edge.
Flint also said that Neal had shot his roommate before the gunman drove through Rancho Tehama Reserve, just over 100 miles north of Sacramento, randomly shooting a people before he opened fire outside of an elementary school. Two children were reportedly hit by the gunfire, including a six-year-old, but the children are not among the deceased victims.
Neal’s older sister, Sheridan Orr, told the Daily News that her brother struggled with mental health issues and was convinced his neighbors were running a methamphetamine lab.
“As he got older, it got harder to know what was real and what was in his mind,” Orr said.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Neal was out on bail on charges he stabbed a woman earlier this year, and that woman is believed to be one of the victims of Tuesday’s mass shooting. Anne told AP that she had put up the bond for his release.
In the wake of several mass shootings this fall, questions have risen about how Neal was permitted — if he was — to have access to firearms in light of his arrest for violence.
“If he couldn’t get the health care he needed, he had zero business with guns,” Orr told the Daily News.
Orr also took a stand on Twitter, calling for better measures to prevent these kind of tragedies in the future. She had previously tweeted about gun control after the deadly church shooting in Texas earlier this month.
Thank you for your kind words. We must do better and while we pray for the victims and mourn our brother, we will do everything in our power to keep other families from experience such a tragedy. https://t.co/5aoL7Cp8wp
— SheridanOrr (@SheridanOrr) November 15, 2017
Authorities have not yet released the names of the shooting victims.
[Feature image: Police handout/Ryan Janson Neal]