The shooting happened at or near an elementary school in Rancho Tehama around 8:00 am. local time. VIDEO: Officials give update on deadly NorCal shootingsThe gunman was killed after two officers engaged him, law enforcement officials said. Two shooter had a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns.
On the way, he said, he saw an apparent gunshot victim and police at another scene.
"I am told at this point the suspected shooter is deceased by law enforcement bullets, that's what I'm told".
One student at the elementary school was hit by gunfire and transported to the local hospital for treatment, Johnston said. Another child was shot in a truck "that was driving down the road along with a female adult", Johnston said, though he did not identify them or specify their relationship to the gunman.
"There was an active shooter out there earlier this morning", said Jeanine Quist, an administrative assistant with the Corning Union Elementary School District.
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Separately, three people were being treated at a hospital in Redding, about 80km north of the shootings.
Jim Schultz, a reporter for the Redding Record Searchlight newspaper, quoted Rancho Tehama resident Salvador Tello, who was taking his three children to school and described seeing the gunman open fire, killing a woman. The shooting is believed to have begun as a domestic violence incident at home.
A witness told KCRA-TV that his truck was stolen and his roommate was shot and killed by the suspect.
"The insane thing is that the neighbor has been shooting a lot of bullets lately, hundreds of rounds, large magazines", Flint said.