Despite Restraining Order, Rancho Tehama Shooter Murdered Neighbor Before Attacking School

Ranch Tehama shooter murdered a neighbor before opening fire on the school.

The Rancho Tehama shooter — who still has not been officially identified — reportedly murdered a neighbor he’d been accused of assaulting before opening fire on the school.

Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston says the neighbor had a restraining order against the gunman. He says the neighbor was a woman but gave no other details.

Authorities say the gunman, who hasn’t been identified, killed four people Tuesday and wounded at least 10 others, including a child at Rancho Tehama School.

It’s almost as if someone with criminal intent or who is mentally unstable won’t abide by a court order.

In addition, it appears that the Rancho Tehama teachers’ and administrators’ quick action prevented a far worse situation.

Authorities say a gunman tried to get into rooms at a California elementary school with the intent of shooting children but that workers initiated a lockdown that saved lives.

Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston says school officials heard shots being fired and immediately locked down Rancho Tehama School in a tiny, rural town Tuesday.

He says it was “monumental” that school workers took the action they did and there is no doubt in his mind they saved the lives of countless children.

Thankfully, the un-named gunman apparently opened fire outside the school before attempting to enter any of the classrooms, allowing teachers to secure the school before turning his attention to the classrooms. And given that so little information has been released, we don’t yet know what prevented him from forcing his way in. Watch this space.




  1. avatar DaveL says:

    Multiple sources now identify the shooter as Kevin Janson Neal.

    1. avatar Noishkel says:

      I had heard that it was Sam Hyde.

  2. avatar TruthTellers says:

    I thought people who were subjects of a restraining order were not allowed to possess firearms and had to surrender them?

    1. avatar Ironhead says:

      You would be correct… another one that slipped through?

      1. avatar ironicatbest says:

        slip through? . . . Gently escorted perhaps,” “” mental health revue board. “We know he could and probably will become a greater threat to society. But let’s give it a shot anyway, and if he kills a few dozen on the way back here. GUNZ”

    2. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “I thought people who were subjects of a restraining order were not allowed to possess firearms and had to surrender them?”

      California will respond with knee-jerk certainty and pass legislation that will be signed into law by ‘Moonbeam’ allowing warrentless searches of subjects of restraining orders.

      And when inevitably challenged in California court will be found constitutional by the ‘9th Circus’ and will be denied writ of cert. by the current SCOTUS bench.

      (The vid below is sarcasm)

  3. avatar former water walker says:

    It being Commiefornia Gov. Moonbeam will just ban more guns…😫

  4. avatar MamaLiberty says:

    Too bad the woman didn’t get a gun instead of – or in addition to – the restraining order. The piece of paper might have helped in court, but it was obviously useless otherwise. But worse, I’ve known far too many people who actually believed that the “order” could protect them somehow.

    If that assaulted woman neighbor had shot him herself, none of the rest of this would have happened. What a shame.

    1. avatar TX Gun Gal says:

      Yip, get the Gun first, then restraining order.

      Last I checked you have a right to defend yourself.
      Restraining order is for the lawyers. The sight of a handgun is often enough to deter an assault.

  5. avatar TyrannyOfEvilMen says:

    Yeah… For the 20 millionth time, a piece of paper signed by a judge doesn’t mean even shinola to a criminal intent on killing you.

  6. avatar BierceAmbrose says:

    What’s the ballistic protection category of a sheet of paper, again? I forgot.

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