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Mother of Rancho Tehama shooter speaks out

Mother of Kevin Neal says phoned her the day before the rampage, telling her "it's all over now."

Posted: Nov 14, 2017 9:19 PM

RANCHO TEHAMA RESERVE, Calif. (AP) - The mother of the gunman who killed four people during a shooting rampage in Tehama County said he called her a day earlier and told her "it's all over now."

Kevin Neal's mother told The Associated Press in a phone interview Tuesday from her home in Raleigh, North Carolina, that her son was frustrated by constant feuding with his neighbors and told her "I'm on a cliff and there's nowhere to go."
Neal's mother, who would only use her first name Anne, said she posted bail in January after her son was charged with stabbing one of the neighbors.

She was unaware of his connection to Tuesday's rampage in the rural community of Rancho Tehama Reserve until contacted by AP.  Police have declined to identify the shooter until his relatives are notified but confirmed the same man was charged with the January assault. The district attorney, Gregg Cohen, told the Sacramento Bee the man in that case is Kevin Neal.

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