Reports Indicate at Least Four People Shot and Killed at Multiple Locations, Including an Elementary School; Students Among Injured
Shooting Is at Least 10th Mass Shooting in 2017 and 166th Since 2009
Gun Violence by the Numbers (and Visuals) Available Here
RANCHO TEHAMA, Calif. – The California chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, responded to a mass shooting today that unfolded across multiple locations in Rancho Tehama, including an elementary school. While details are still unfolding, reports indicate at least four people have been shot and killed and multiple people have been shot and injured, including students. The shooter was shot and killed by police.
Initial reports indicate that the shooting may have started as a domestic violence incident. According to an Everytown for Gun Safety report analyzing mass shootings in the U.S. between 2009 and 2016, the majority of mass shootings – 54 percent – are related to domestic or family violence.
Research by Everytown for Gun Safety also shows that this is at least the 166th mass shooting since January 2009, and the 10th mass shooting this year. Tragically, it is also the 257th school shooting since 2013, and the 49th this year. Since 2013, there have been 10 school shootings in California.
STATEMENT FROM ERIKA LEIVA, VOLUNTEER WITH THE CALIFORNIA CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:
“Today’s news has left me utterly heartbroken. All I can think about are the parents who waited in horror to find out if their children were safe. Classrooms should be safe places for children to learn, far away from the threat of gun violence. My thoughts are with the victims and their families as they begin to cope with this tragedy.
“It is beyond clear that gun violence is a public health crisis. California is a leader in passing commonsense gun violence prevention laws – but there is more to be done to prevent guns from ending up in the hands of violent people. Elected officials in all levels of government must work harder to find solutions and keep our communities safer.”