Numerous complaints filed on Tehama County gunman leading up to mass shooting

Police documents show numerous odd reports against a disturbed man in the days leading up to his shooting rampage that claimed five lives and injured 12 others in rural Northern California last week. 

 

Kevin Janson Neal was shot dead by police after a bloody shooting spree, where he drove to seven locations including a school, attacking people in a small Tehama County town outside of Corning.

 

On Tuesday, the Tehama County Sheriff’s Department released a 47 page document through an ABC10 California Public Records Act Request, which details numerous complaints against Neal over the last year.

 

On Sept. 25, Neal’s neighbor reported to police that he had fired several shots toward her home and vehicle just after 1 a.m, according to a police report. A deputy responded but the area was quiet upon arrival.

 

On Sept. 23, a neighbor reported that Neal is firing a gun in an unsafe manner, according to a police report. A deputy responded but the area was quiet.

 

On Sept. 21, a neighbor reports hearing three shotgun shots being fired toward her home at 10:16 p.m, according to a police report. A deputy responded but the area was quiet.

Neal was arrested in early January for holding two of his female neighbors hostage, stabbing one, and firing a gun at both, said Tehama County District Attorney Gregg Cohen.

Neal was arrested and booked at the Tehama County Jail but later posted $160,000 bail. The shooter had been arrested on other charges in North Carolina but was never convicted. 

In fear of Neal after what took place, his neighbors took out a criminal protective order against him which required the man to relinquish his firearms to police and stay away, Cohen said. 

On Nov. 15 last year, a neighbor reported that Neal was outside shooting and that she heard yelling.

 

On Nov. 13 last year, a neighbor that she was searching for a lost item on the street when Neal approached her, began arguing with her, hit her in the face with a pistol, and fired several shots at her, according to a police report. The deputy forwarded the incident report to the Tehama County District Attorney’s Office for possible prosecution for battery.

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