The Northern California gunman who went on a wild 45-minute shooting spree yesterday in Rancho Tehama Reserve that killed four people and injured 10, first killed his wife and then buried her under the floor of their home.
Investigators discovered the body of Kevin Janson Neal’s wife riddled with bullets under the floor boards.
It al began with family violence.
According to numerous reports, the gunman’s sister, Sheridan Orr, said her brother had struggled with mental illness throughout his life and at times had a violent temper.
“He was an all American kid with a good family. Mental illness took over,” Orr told NBC News.
He would get paranoid and speak of government conspiracies. He was also known to have sudden episodes of unwarranted anger.
“It’s like he had been possessed and he would often not remember or he’d feel so horrible about what he had done,” Orr said. “One day he got mad at me because of the way the washing machine sounded.”
Orr, who said she had not talked to her brother in months, said she believed he was addicted to drugs
Although it’s still not clear why Neal did what he did, his many contacts with law enforcement authorities raised questions about why he was out of custody and able to use a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns to go on a 25-minute shooting spree that began with the killing of two neighbors in an apparent act of revenge before he went looking for random victims.
Cristal Caravez and her father live across a ravine from the roadway where the gunman and his first victims lived. She said they and others heard constant gunfire from the area of the gunman’s house.
“You could hear the yelling. He’d go off the hinges,” she said. The shooting, “it would be during the day, during the night, I mean, it didn’t matter.”
She and her father, who is president of the homeowners association, said neighbors would complain to the sheriff’s department, which referred the complaints back to the homeowners association.
“The sheriff wouldn’t do anything about it,” said Juan Caravez. The Tehama County Sheriff is Dave Hencratt.
Neal’s mother said Neal told her he told her he felt like he lived on cliff and everyone around him was trying to execute him.
“I think the motive of getting even with his neighbors and when it went that far — he just went on a rampage,” Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said.
Neal died in a shootout with police after completing his shooting spree, which included attempting to enter a nearby elementary school. Even though the school went on lockdown, Neal’s indiscriminate shots injured seven children.