A man opened fire at Rancho Tehama School one month after Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed legislation to ensure that teachers cannot shoot back if under attack.
The attack occurred Tuesday, November 14. The legislation barring teachers from being armed for self-defense was signed into law on October 14.
According to the Los Angeles Times, witnesses described seeing the gunman “[crash] through the school’s gates with his truck” then open fire. They said he was “spraying walls and classrooms with bullets.” Teachers and school staff took a shelter-in-place posture, hiding children under desks.
KCRA reports that no one was killed at the school, but one student was shot and wounded. Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said that a second child in a truck was also hit while driving past the attacker. A woman in the pickup truck was also hit and suffered “life-threatening injuries.”
Johnston said the student and woman in the pickup were on their way to school when the gunman opened fire on them.
Law enforcement indicates the gunman stole a pickup truck and terrorized the community, shooting at neighbors just minutes before opening fire on the school. He chose targets “randomly” upon leaving the school, eventually, crashing his the stolen truck and carjacking a small sedan before being killed by police.
The unidentified attacker caused four fatalities off school grounds–including two neighbors killed before reaching the school.
The attack lasted 45 minutes from start to finish, and included shots fired at several different locations. Officials believe a feud with neighbors served as an impetus for the attack.
California has universal background checks, a 10-day waiting period on gun purchases, gun registration requirements, gun confiscation laws, an “assault weapons” ban, a ban on campus carry, and a “good cause” requirement for concealed carry. Despite these laws and many others, the attacker had three firearms with him at the time of the attack.
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