Multiple elementary school students have been hospitalized in the California shooting that killed three
Authorities say a shooting Tuesday morning at an elementary school in Rancho Tehama, California, left “multiple victims,” PEOPLE confirms.
The shooting, which apparently began at another location in Rancho Tehama about 8 a.m. then “evolved to multiple victims and multiple shots” at the local elementary school, a Tehama County, California, Undersheriff Phil Johnston said during a makeshift news conference later Tuesday.
The suspected gunman was killed by responding law enforcement, Johnston said, citing preliminary information. The shooter was not further identified.
Johnston said he knew of “at least three deaths” in the shooting, though it was not clear if that number included the suspect.
According to a Record Searchlight reporter, Johnston later said at least five people had been killed, including the shooter, across seven scenes. At least two children were shot and wounded.
Johnston told reporters Tuesday morning that he did not have other information about the shooting victims, including the total number of dead or wounded and how many of them were children.
A school district employee told the Associated Press that no one was killed at the school, though a “number” of students were shot and wounded.
The shooting took place across multiple locations, according to the AP. Rancho Tehama is about 190 miles north of San Francisco.
“A number of students” were taken to the hospital, Johnston said, and about 100 law enforcement personnel were working the investigation.
The school has been cleared and the attending students were taken to a safe location, he said. Authorities suspect the gunman used a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns, which were later recovered.
Visibly emotional, Johnston said, “It’s a very sad day for us here in Tehama County.”
A spokeswomen for the Enloe Medical Center in Chico, California, tells PEOPLE four victims in the shooting have been transported to their facility for treatment: three children and one adult.
She did not know the victims’ statuses.
Further details about the victims, the shooter or the nature of the shooting were not immediately available.
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