By DON THOMPSON and PAUL ELIAS
RANCHO TEHAMA RESERVE, Calif. (AP) – The gunman behind a rampage in Northern California was out on bail for a cost of stabbing a neighbor, had been the item of complaints from neighbors who stated he had been firing off lots of of rounds of ammunition, and had been the topic of a home violence name the day earlier than the assault.
But Kevin Neal was free and in a position to make use of a semiautomatic rifle and two handguns Tuesday to shoot 14 individuals, killing 4, in seven totally different places throughout his rural group, together with an elementary faculty, earlier than he died in a shootout with police.
It isn’t but clear what the phrases of Neal’s bail have been, and whether or not he would have been allowed to own and hearth the weapons on his property on the finish of a mud street in Rancho Tehama Reserve. Nor did sheriff’s officers give particulars on the home violence name.
However his many contacts with authorities raised questions of why he was out of custody and capable of go on the forty five-minute rampage that started with the killing of two neighbors in an obvious act of revenge earlier than he went in search of random victims.
Cristal Caravez and her father stay throughout a ravine from the roadway the place the gunman and his first victims lived.
She stated they and others heard fixed gunfire from the world of the gunman’s home, however could not say for positive it was him firing.
“You can hear the yelling. He’d go off the hinges,” she stated. The capturing, “it might be in the course of the day, in the course of the night time, I imply, it did not matter.”
She and her father, who’s president of the householders affiliation, stated neighbors would complain to the sheriff’s division, which referred the complaints again to the householders affiliation.
“The sheriff would not do something about it,” stated Juan Caravez.
The gunman’s sister, Sheridan Orr, stated her brother had struggled with psychological sickness all through his life and at occasions had a violent mood.
She stated Neal had “no enterprise” proudly owning firearms.
Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston stated the shooter was dealing with fees of assaulting one of many feuding neighbors in January and that she had a restraining order towards him.
Johnston didn’t touch upon the shooter’s entry to firearms.
Johnston declined to…