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Rancho Tehama marks two-year anniversary of deadly shooting

Five people were killed and several others were injured.

Posted: Nov 15, 2019 4:20 PM
Updated: Nov 15, 2019 5:54 PM

RANCHO TEHAMA, Calif. - It's now two years since the deadly shootings that shook the normally quiet, tight-knit Rancho Tehama community. 

Five people were killed and several others injured at various crime scenes which included Rancho Tehama Elementary School. 

The school, fortunately, did not experience any casualties that day, but it is clear the trauma of November 14, 2017 still remains. A “Rancho Strong” banner hangs just outside the school in remembrance.

Two years ago, the gunman, Kevin Janson Neal went on a shooting rampage through the rural neighborhood. 

Action News Now spoke with neighbors how they felt about this day, two years after the incident. Due to the sensitive nature of the incident, many did not want to be identified. 

"It was pretty bad. Stuff like that shouldn’t have happened," said one man who lived just down the street from the school. 

"I mean, I’ve been here my whole life and nothing like that has ever happened here, you know. So it’s crazy something like that could happen," said one woman.

"Everyone is diligent about watching out for one another, making sure our community is safe and it’s a wonderful community," said another woman, whose daughter lived through the shooting at the school. 

Action News Now also spoke with Sarah Lobdell, the secretary at Rancho Tehama Elementary. She said that since the shooting the school has added an armed guard on campus. She directed any further comments to the school district superintendent. Our reporter reached out to his office for comment and as of this story's broadcast, have not gotten a response.

Action News Now also reached out to the Tehama County Sheriff about what kind of security measures might be in place in local schools. A representative said the office continues to partner with local law enforcement on active shooter training. The Sheriff’s Office is working through a lawsuit filed by families of the shooting victims that claims deputies ignored repeated complaints about the shooter before disaster struck.

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