New Details Revealed About Kevin Neal, The California Elementary School Shooter Who Murdered His Wife Before His Rampage

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Police have identified Kevin Janson Neal as the man who opened fire on a remote town in California.

Just as parents of Rancho Tehama Reserve dropped off their children at Rancho Elementary School, Kevin Janson Neal shot someone on the corner of Bobcat and Fawn Lane. Enraged, he then took off in a car and continued his shooting spree at several different locations in the Northern California remote community — including the elementary school. 

Thankfully, students and staff were locked up well before Neal could enter the school, and he was shot and killed by police. However, four people died in the attack and one 6-year-old student is still in the hospital being treated for gunshot wounds.  Police said of the 10 people being treated for injuries, seven are children and the number includes a mother and 2-year-old child who were shot at while driving to school. 

Prior to starting his shooting rampage at the school, Police confirmed Tuesday night that Neal shot and killed his wife, whose name has not been released, before hiding her body under the floorboards in his home. "We were looking for his wife, couldn't find her yesterday," said Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston. "We located her dead body concealed under the floor of the residence."

The Tehama County District Attorney said the gunman was known to police and was being prosecuted for assault with a deadly weapon and for stabbing two of his female neighbors. He was recently released from jail for making a $300,000 bail and was expected to stand trial in January 2018. 

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Neal was arrested Jan. 31 after he reportedly shot through a fence at the two women. He then jumped over the fence, stabbed on the of the women and took the other's cell phone. 

It's believed that the first victim was one of the neighbors he had previously assaulted. 

One of Neal's neighbors told reporters that he got a call in the morning that his roommate was injured and his car had been stolen. According to Brian Flint, Neal is a known felon who harasses his neighbors. 

“The crazy thing is that the neighbor has been shooting a lot of bullets lately, hundreds of rounds, large magazines,” Flint said. “We made it aware that this guy is crazy and he’s been threatening us.

According to police, the rest of the gunman's victims were random. Sarah Gonzales, who was shot at while driving her daughter to school, recalled the horrific incident. 

"He shot [at me] through his front windshield,” she said. "He had already crashed in the fence and was inside the schoolyard and he was loading the gun back up."

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Though there were four causalities at the school, police say the situation could have been much, much worse. Neal used a semi-automatic rifle in the shooting as well as two handguns. He was also wearing a tactical vest with extra magazines for his guns.

“This incident, as tragic and as bad as it is, could have been so much worse if it wasn’t for the quick thinking staff at our elementary school,” said Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston. “Because there were a series of gunshots about a quarter mile away that alerted that staff and they went on an immediate lockdown without having to be alerted by law enforcement.”

The school is currently closed and will need repairs, according to the district. The names of the victims have not yet been released. 

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Emily Blackwood is an editor who covers pop culture, true crime, dating, relationships and everything in between. Every Wednesday at 10:20 p.m. you can ask her any and all questions about self-love, dating, and relationships LIVE on YourTango’s Facebook page. You can follow her on Instagram (@blackw00d) and Twitter (@emztweetz). 

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