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Reports of shots fired in Rancho Tehama


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.

The shooting started shortly after 8 a.m., according to a Tehama County sheriff’s deputy, who confirmed two children have been hospitalized with gunshot wounds and three people were killed in the shooting.

“Multiple shots were fired in Rancho Tehama, with multiple victims. I am told the suspected shooter is deceased from law enforcement bullets,” the deputy said at the scene.

The deputy said he had no information on victims at the school, but children from Rancho Tehama Elementary School have been taken to a safe location, said the deputy, whose name was not provided.

“It’s a very sad day for us in Tehama County,” said the deputy, who was visibly shaken by events.

There were at least 100 law enforcement officers at the scene, with “multiple scenes. We have at least 5 scenes right now,” the deputy said.

The Rancho Tehama Reserve, a subdivision known as “quiet private country community” is located 12 miles west of Interstate 5 between Red Bluff and Corning, according to their website. The community is known as a place “where people are friendly and the pace is relaxed.”

According to the U.S. Census, the reserve reported a population of 1,485 people.

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.

Initial reports said somebody was barricaded in a structure and there were multiple victims, including one who was dead.

Katrina Gierman, who lives on Rancho Tehama near the elementary school, said she went outside and heard gunshots.

“I have not left my house because I am with my newborn son,” Gierman said. “Very scary moment.”

“I have the right to bear arms, and I will protect my son if i have to,” she said.

Jose Garcia, who owns the La Fortuna Market, about a half-mile from the 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.

The nearby Rancho Tehama Airport is also on lockdown.

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.

The Tehama County Sheriff’s Office escorted a busload of children from the school to the local Rancho Tehama Association, located at the entrance of the neighborhood. 

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.

Record Searchlight reporters are at the scene.

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