Kevin Janson Neal Rancho Tehama Shooting suspect: What led to a Red Bluff, California local going on a shooting spree? A ticking time bomb.
In as many as seven locations, Kevin Neal shot four people dead, injuring up to ten individuals, including two children before being shot dead by responding officers at Rancho Tehama Elementary school.
Upon the man’s death, authorities found a semi- automatic rifle and two handguns that Neal had used during his carnage.
Police said no children were among the dead, with two children, both boys injured, one in the school and one in a truck who was on his way to school. The second child’s mother was also shot and has life-threatening injuries, officials said, although neither boy has critical wounds.
The second child’s mother was also shot and has life-threatening injuries, officials said, although neither boy has critical wounds. The second child’s mother was also shot and has life-threatening injuries, while officials said neither boy sustained life threatening injuries.
BREAKING: At least 3 dead in shooting in Tehama Co. it started at a home and moved to the school. Shooter shot and killed by police. pic.twitter.com/xIKvyIxq4y
— Sara Stinson (@SaraStinsonNews) November 14, 2017
The Sacramento Bee, reported the shooting spree unfolded in multiple locations in the small, rural northern California community on November 14, starting near Neal’s home, where he fatally shot a neighbor before stealing a white pick up truck and unfolding a series of drive by style shootings before ending up at Rancho Tehama Elementary school.
At the time, just after 8am, witnesses told of Neal trying to get inside the school only to preempted by a quick lockdown. Witnesses described children screaming at the school as 30 rounds were shot into classrooms through outside windows.
Of note, CBS News cited sheriff’s deputies saying the gunman, ‘wearing a load bearing vest — similar to what soldiers wear to carry their ammo.’
Stymied after unable to make into the school, Neal left the school, stealing another car and began firing at officers when they raced to town to confront him. They returned fire and killed him at a nearby intersection.
It wasn’t immediately clear how Neal came to end up targeting the school as he went from scene to scene.
BREAKING: Aerial footage we just got back in house shows one of the seven scenes officials are investigating after a shooting in Rancho Tehama this morning. Officials said five are dead, including the shooter. Most up to date info here >> https://t.co/KdR3eRV8Cu pic.twitter.com/TV4Yy1Iu3K
— Haleigh Pike (@PikeHaleighdee) November 14, 2017
Kevin Janson Neal: A ticking time bomb
In the aftermath of the mass shootings, authorities told of Kevin Janson Neal having been a ‘ticking time bomb’.
Having recently made bond after stabbing a wife of a neighbor, District Attorney Gregg Cohen said, ‘Neal was currently being prosecuted by his office for assault with a deadly weapon and a stabbing that had occurred earlier this year.’
A Red Bluff Daily News crime log from February 2017 reported: ‘Kevin Janson Neal: 43, of Corning was arrested Tuesday in the 6900 block of Bobcat Lane in Rancho Tehama. He was booked into Tehama County Jail on the charges of assault with deadly weapon not firearm or force, great bodily injury likely, battery on person, crime against elder or dependent adult, discharge firearm with gross negligence and false imprisonment with violence. Bail was $160,000.”
According to Action News Now, ‘The shooting started at Bobcat Lane where the suspected shooter lived. Two people were killed at this location, one was a neighbor…the female neighbor is said to be someone the shooter had a dispute with in January.’
Authorities say that the rampage may have ignited with a domestic violence situation, although they haven’t detailed it. Assistant Sheriff for Tehama County Phil Johnston later said that authorities had ‘received reports about a domestic violence incident that involved the suspected shooter.’
Killed from the outset was the wife of Neal’s neighbor who’d been at the center a domestic violence incident earlier this year. To date authorities have yet to say what led to the man taking his carnage from scene to scene….
Here is part of an interview with the man who says his truck was stolen and his roommate was shot and killed by the alleged shooter who is described as a known felon in his 50’s named Kevin. #RanchoTehamashooting pic.twitter.com/ZNdwmdOwU7
— Sara Stinson (@SaraStinsonNews) November 14, 2017
Rancho Tehama Shooting suspect had been shooting a lot of bullets lately.
Neal’s neighbor told, Brian Flint said that his roommate was shot and that the gunman was a felon named Kevin.
The Record Searchlight, quoting the man saying, ‘The crazy thing is that the neighbor has been shooting a lot of bullets lately, hundreds of rounds, large magazines. We made it aware that this guy is crazy and he’s been threatening us.’
Flint described living near Neal as ‘hell.’ He said, ‘I just feel like maybe there should have been more effort putting in to potentially stopping things like this.’
‘There are certain people that do not need guns and my brother was clearly one of them,’ told the suspect’s sister, Sheridan Orr of Raleigh, N.C. via the latimes. ‘He had no business owning a gun. Zero.’
Yet to be necessarily understood is how the convicted felon was able to acquire arms and whether authorities had responded to calls about ‘shooting disturbances’?
Speaking to the latimes, Orr said that her brother had long struggled with mental illness and that he would get paranoid and speak of government conspiracies. She said he was also known to have sudden episodes of unwarranted anger.
‘It’s like he had been possessed and he would often not remember or he’d feel so horrible about what he had done,’ Orr said. ‘One day he got mad at me because of the way the washing machine sounded.’
The sister said family had attempted to help her brother, having called authorities, hoping they would intervene. She said her mother kept trying to help her brother and had a closer relationship with him.
‘Mom, it’s all over now,’ Kevin Neal told his mother one day before the shootings. ‘I have done everything I could do and I am fighting against everyone who lives in this area.’
Neal’s mother said her son, ‘sounded desperate’ and despairing over his relationship with his neighbors, who he said were cooking meth and creating fumes that were harming his nine dogs.
‘All of a sudden, now I’m on a cliff and there’s nowhere to go,’ the shooter son said. ‘No matter where I go for help here I get nobody who will help me. All they are doing is trying to execute me here.’
UPDATE: Authorities say the shooting started at home and moved to Rancho Tehama Elementary School. The suspect was shot and killed by police. pic.twitter.com/OsfTKmcWfj
— AJ+ (@ajplus) November 14, 2017
Three people have died after a shooting in Rancho Tehama, California which ended at a school. Girl, 6, believed to be among children hurt. pic.twitter.com/Q2FVIuJJpH
— Global’s Newsroom (@GlobalsNewsroom) November 14, 2017