Neighbor says Rancho Tehama shooting not so random

Neighbors say the gunman in the Rancho Tehama shooting may have had a possible motive for the rampage that killed and wounded several people last week.

Posted: Nov 20, 2017 6:52 PM

Neighbors say the gunman in the Rancho Tehama shooting may have had a possible motive for the rampage that killed and wounded several people last week.

It was reported last week shooter Kevin Jansen Neal was in an ongoing feud with his neighbors.

And it was that feud that one neighbors said may have led him to the elementary school.

According to neighbors, Neal may have been targeting the 7-year old son of his neighbor Danny Elliot who he had been feuding with for months.

According to an article in the Sacramento Bee, neighbor Johnny Phommathep told reporters he believed Neal went to Rancho Tehama Elementary School specifically to kill Danny Elliot's son Gage Elliot.

Phommathep lives about 200 feet from Neal's home and said he'd seen and heard violent episodes between the neighbors and he'd even heard Neal make threats to kill 7-year-old Gage.

Neal already had a restraining order against him for stabbing Danny Elliot's mother Diana Steele back in January and was due in court next year for the crime.

The Tehama County Sheriff's Office said they're not making any more announcements on the incident at the moment.

But Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said in a phone interview today that his department is aware of Phomathep's statement.

He said it's a possibility Neal went to the school to target Danny Elliot's son, but there is no hard evidence to prove that theory.

But Johnston said that could always change.

Johnston said multiple people were targeted in last Tuesday's shooting, and there's no way of knowing what Neal's frame of mind was before the shootings.

He said the only person that could say for sure is Neal himself, and he's dead.

The Sheriff's Department’s investigation is still ongoing.

And investigators are busy talking to witnesses to try and piece together ‎all the facts they've collected so far on the tragedy.

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