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Family Of Rancho Tehama Gunman 'Appalled' By Rampage

Rich Pedroncelli / AP Photo

Yellow tags mark where bullet casings found at one of the scenes of a shooting spree at Rancho Tehama Reserve, near Corning, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP Photo

UPDATE 10:30 a.m.: Authorities say the wife of a gunman who went on a shooting rampage in a Northern California town was found dead inside their home.

Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston says investigators found the body of Kevin Janson Neal's wife hidden under the floor. Investigators believe the killing of his wife was the start of the rampage.

Authorities say Neal shot and killed four other people and wounded 10 others at different locations around the rural community of Rancho Tehama Reserve. Police later shot and killed him.


(AP) - The family of a gunman who shot 14 people — killing four — in Tehama County says he had a violent temper and had no business owning firearms.

Kevin Neal's sister told The Associated Press she believes her brother was addicted to drugs.

Sheridan Orr said she had not talked to her brother in months and was appalled when she heard about the shooting.

Neal's mother told AP her son was frustrated by constant feuding with his neighbors.

His mother, who would only use her first name Anne, said her son was charged with stabbing one of the neighbors. He was out on bail after being charged with the stabbing and had been the subject of a domestic violence call the day before.

Neighbors also said they repeatedly reported to police that he had been firing off hundreds of rounds of ammunition day and night.

Yet Neal was free and able to use a semiautomatic rifle and two handguns Tuesday to shoot 14 people, killing four, before he died in a shootout with police.

Police have declined to identify the shooter but confirmed the same man was charged with the January assault. The district attorney told the Sacramento Bee the man in that case is Kevin Neal.

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