Six dead in shooting spree

Suspect Kevin Janson Neal’s wife found dead in their home during investigation in Rancho Tehama

The wife of the man identified as the suspect in a shooting spree that included an elementary school Tuesday (Nov. 14) in Rancho Tehama is now among the dead, according to media reports of a press conference held Wednesday morning (Nov. 15).

Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said law enforcement officials believe 43-year-old Kevin Janson Neal killed his wife prior to killing four others and injuring at least 10 people—including two children. Investigators reportedly found her body in a hole in the floor of the couple’s home.

Johnston also said Neal used two semi-automatic rifles that were “obtained in an illegal manner.” Neal was killed by law enforcement officials, bringing the death toll to six.

State Sen. Jim Nielsen was quick to offer prayers in response, via press release: “We lift up in prayer those killed and wounded, their families and loved ones, and the first responders and others who put their lives on the line to protect and save innocent lives.”