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Neighbors say Rancho Tehama shooter long known for dangerous behavior

"The crazy thing is that the neighbor has been shooting a lot of bullets lately, hundreds of rounds, lots of magazines. we made it a way that this guy has been crazy, he's been threatening us," said neighbor Brian Flint.

Posted: Nov. 14, 2017 5:41 PM
Updated: Nov. 14, 2017 5:50 PM

The shooting spree in Rancho Tehama that has left 5 people dead Tuesday morning is believed to have started near the gunman's residence on Bobcat Lane.

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Action News Now reporters spoke with several people today who were acquainted with the gunman, Kevin Jansen Neal.

They described the rampage as having begun near the man's residence after an argument broke out with a neighbor.

One man tells us that he and the now deceased neighbor were planning to go on a fishing trip today; he was actually headed over to the home on bobcat lane when he heard what had happened.

The roommate of he deceased says they've been hearing gunshots go off at Neal's house at all hours of the night, for months now.

"The crazy thing is that the neighbor has been shooting a lot of bullets lately, hundreds of rounds, lots of magazines. we made it a way that this guy has been crazy, he's been threatening us," said neighbor Brian Flint.

Another witness says he's very familiar with Neal.

He says he's been to the shooter's home on Bobcat Lane, and that this man was known for firing off his weapons, and at least 6 times in the past year he's had illegal fires in his backyard.

When authorities would arrive he's said to be very combative.

Apparently, a lot of people were very afraid of the man.

The Tehama County Assistant Sheriff confirms that Neal was involved in a domestic dispute on Monday.

Neighbors say the man was arrested for stabbing a woman at his home just a month ago. Authorities have not denied or confirmed this allegation.

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