School started as usual Tuesday morning at Rancho Tehama Elementary.
An estimated 100 law enforcement officers are investigating at least seven crime scenes, sheriff's officials said.
Shortly before 8 a.m. PT, the gunman stole a pickup truck, went on a shooting spree, crashed the truck, stole a second vehicle and continued shooting before two deputies rammed his auto, forcing it off the road.
"We don't feel safe", she said tearfully.
Authorities said the shooting in Tehama County, between Chico and Redding, began as a "domestic violence incident" around 8 a.m. and spanned multiple locations, including Rancho Tehama School at 17357 Stagecoach Road, Corning, where several shots were fired. The wound of the child in the auto was not serious, but his mother's injuries are life threatening, Johnston said. The superintendent said that boy suffered minor injuries. Brian Flint said that his neighbor, whom he knows only as Kevin, also stole his truck.
Jeanine Quist, an administrative assistant with the Corning Union Elementary School District, said no one was killed at the school but a "number" of students were shot and wounded.
Benigna Gonzalez said deputies appeared not to believe her when she reported being stalked a year ago while walking at dusk through the community.
"The insane thing is the neighbor has been shooting a lot of bullets lately - hundreds of rounds, large magazines", Flint said. Police recovered a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns from the scene. "We made it (known) that this guy is insane and he's been threatening us and everything like that".
Rancho Tehama Elementary School will be closed until further notice.
Rancho Tehama resident Salvador Tello said he was taking his three children to school when the gunman fired at a truck in front of him.
The FBI is sending some teams to assist Tehama County investigators, said Jason Wandel, chief division counsel at the FBI's Sacramento field office.
The Corning Elementary School District said, "School staff is commended for their courageous and professional response to this awful incident". He was ultimately killed when law enforcement officers rammed his vehicle and exchanged fire with him, fatally wounding him about 25 minutes after the first 911 call came in. When he would call the family in a rage, upset over something, they would tell him to go to a mental health facility and that he needed medication. A man in the area said his roommate was among the victims in Northern California and that his neighbor was the gunman.
That's when Fitzpatrick said the hero custodian went into action.