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California bishop calls for prayers following Tehama County shooting

A law enforcement officer is seen at one of many crime scenes following the shooting (AFP/Getty)

Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, California, asked his brother bishops meeting in Baltimore to pray for the victims of America’s latest shooting tragedy.

The bishops were gathered for the second day of their annual autumn assembly on November 14. Early that morning in northern California, a gunman opened fire at random locations in a rural area, including near a school, leaving at least four people dead and at least 10 others injured.

AP reported that sheriff’s deputies fatally shot the gunman, named by the Tehama County District Attorney as 43-year-old Kevin Janson Neal. He was the fifth fatality in the incident. At least three children were among those being treated for injuries.

The Tehama County Sheriff’s Office said that it was dealing with seven crime scenes, according to AP. Tehama County is one of several counties that comprise the Sacramento Diocese.

California Gov Jerry Brown in a statement said he and first lady Anne Gust Brown “are saddened to hear about today’s violence in Tehama County, which shockingly involved schoolchildren. We offer our condolences to the families who lost loved ones and unite with all Californians in grief.”

Law enforcement officials were investigating several locations where the shootings occurred and had not yet determined the gunman’s motive.