At least three people have been killed and two children wounded in a shooting in a small northern California community, according to a Tehama County sheriff's deputy at the scene.
The shooting happened at or near an elementary school in Rancho Tehama around 8:00 am. local time. Police recovered a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns they believed were used by the shooter.
It was "very clear" early on that "we had a subject that was randomly picking targets", he said.
A helicopter medical crew reported they were transporting a 6-year-old victim to Mercy Medical Center in Redding.
There were at least 100 law enforcement officers at the scene, with "multiple scenes".
The Tehama County Sheriff's Department told the Los Angeles Times there were at least five separate crime scenes and the department was now trying to assess the number of casualties.
One student was shot at the school and taken to a hospital.
Authorities were aware of a domestic violence incident reported by neighbors that involved the suspected shooter, according to Johnston.
Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said one child was shot at a school, and another was shot while riding in a pick-up truck with a woman who was also wounded.
A female adult also in the truck was struck by gunfire as well, Johnston said. Flint says he had been shooting "hundreds of rounds" from large magazines. "This guy has been insane, and he's been threatening us and everything".
Flint learned of the shooting via a phone call early Tuesday.
The shooting apparently did not start at the school. "We offer our condolences to the families who lost loved ones and unite with all Californians in grief".