Kevin Janson Neal has been identified as the gunman who went on a rampage through a rural California town, shooting 14 people and killing five, has been identified.
Neal’s mother says he called her one day before the man went on a shooting spree.
“Mom it’s all over now,” she said he told her during that last conversation. “I have done everything I could do and I am fighting against everyone who lives in this area.”
Neal’s mother said the man was agitated over his neighbors, who he claimed were cooking meth and harming his dogs with the fumes. He shot and killed two of his neighbors during his rampage, and one of the surviving roommates told reporters they had previously complained because “crazy” Neal was shooting “hundreds of rounds” on his property.
“The crazy thing is that the neighbor has been shooting a lot of bullets lately, hundreds of rounds, large magazines,” the man said. “This guy has been crazy, and he’s been threatening us and everything… I just feel like there maybe should have been more effort put into potentially stopping things like this.”
Here is part of an interview with the man who says his truck was stolen and his roommate was shot and killed by the alleged shooter who is described as a known felon in his 50's named Kevin. #RanchoTehamashooting pic.twitter.com/ZNdwmdOwU7
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After killing two of his neighbors, Neal stole one of the men’s truck and shot at random victims around the town, including at an elementary school. His newlywed wife was also found dead under the floorboards of his home. Neal was killed by police during his rampage.
Neal’s sister, who said she had not spoken with her brother in months, said that her unstable brother — a felon — should never have been able to have access to firearms.
“We’re stunned and we’re appalled that this is a person who has no business with firearms whatsoever,” Orr said. “Our deep, deep sympathy for the victims and it sounds trite but our hearts are breaking for them.”
Orr added, “If we can do any good to make people realize there must be some gates on people like this from getting guns,” she said. “This is the same story we’re hearing more and more.”