Police say Neal picked his targets randomly, driving around the community and shooting at people from his auto before landing at the Rancho Tehama Elementary School.
The gunman left the school after he could not get inside and purposely crashed the stolen truck he was driving into another vehicle and shot at its occupants. The statement, in part, read: "The gunman shot out windows and through walls". Then he stole the man's auto.
A semi-automatic rifle and two handguns were recovered after deputies shot and killed the gunman.
Five of the shooting victims are still in the hospital, including one child. The child's injuries are not life-threatening. Several others were injured, including children. The officers rammed the vehicle and forced it off the road. It is unknown where officers found the man.
A short time later, a patrol auto rammed the suspect's vehicle.
What was the gunman's motivation?The shooter's mother also says her son was in trouble and tells the Associated Press that her son called her a few days before the killing and said "It's all over now". No one was killed there.
She and her father, who is president of the community's homeowners' association, said neighbors would complain to the sheriff's department, which referred the complaints back to the homeowners' association.
Reporter Sara Stinson, calling Action News Now from the police roadblock, told the news channel there is a shot-up, taped-off truck on the road, and several anxious parents unable to get past the roadblock and struggling to find a cellphone signal.
"There was a neighborhood dispute ongoing", he added, but beyond that, "we don't know what the motives are for this individual to go on a shooting spree".
Did the shooter have a record?
Rodgers told Nate that she could hear "over 100 rounds go off" and heard screaming. Neal then "jumped the fence, confronted the women, stabbed one and took a cellphone from the other", Tehama County District Attorney Gregg Cohen told The Red Bluff Daily News.
Living near the gunman was "hell", Flint said, and the man was a known felon who often harassed Flint and his neighbors. She thinks the gunman's windshield stopped the bullet.
The mother wept as she told The Associated Press she spoke to Neal on the phone on Monday.
The shooting is "just devastating" for the small, tight-knit community, she says.
Neal's family had tried for years to get him treatment for his apparent mental illness, his sister, Sheridan Orr, said in a telephone interview.
Tiffany's husband, Brian Rodgers, said another witness reported seeing a white pickup drive through the school gate and start shooting. "He had no business owning a gun".