Series of California shootings kill 5, wound child at school

Three people have died and schoolchildren have been injured in a shooting in northern California, US authorities have said.

The shooting, which took place on Tuesday, has so far seen at least two young students wounded.

The shooter was armed with a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns, Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston told local media.

Police fatally shot the attacker after reports of at least seven shooting scenes, including an elementary school, Johnston said.

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 neighbour has been shooting a lot of bullets lately, hundreds of rounds, large magazines", Mr Flint said.

Three people were being treated at a hospital in Redding, about 50 miles north of the shootings, Mercy Medical Center spokeswoman Marcy Miracle said.

The Rancho Tehama Reserve - a subdivision home to about 1,485 people - is described on its website as a "quiet private country community" located 12 miles west of Interstate 5 between Red Bluff and Corning.

"We made it aware that this guy is insane and he's been threatening us".

Several children have been transported to the hospital. "I know that the school's been cleared".

The shooter was killed by law enforcement.

Mr Johnston said police were alerted to the shooting at around 8am local time (4pm GMT).

He said the shooter also stole his truck.

Jason Wandel, chief division counsel at the FBI's Sacramento field office, told AFP that agents had been sent to help with the investigation but wouldn't confirm any details regarding the incident.

The shooting apparently did not start at the school.

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