California Gunman Killed Wife, Hid Body Beneath the Floor of Their Home

Bill Rogers
November 20, 2017

The mother - who spoke on the condition she be named only as Anne because she fears for her safety - said her son told her the neighbor was slightly cut after Neal grabbed a steak knife out of the hand of the neighbor who was threatening him with it. Investigators believe that the shooting death of Neal's wife marked the beginning of his rampage.

Hours later, Neal opened fire at various locations Tuesday, including at the Rancho Tehama elementary school, where he crashed his auto through a locked gate and marched toward the classrooms.

Barone says he first represented Neal several years ago in a road-rage case that prosecutors dropped before it went to trial.

The shooter has been shot and killed by authorities.

Laurie Levenson, a Loyola Law School professor, said police officers don't need to be eyewitnesses to take action when a person is suspected of violating a restraining order.

Authorities said the gunman's wife - whose killing appeared to have kicked off the spree - was found dead under the floor at their home Tuesday night.

Officials credited the quick-thinking school officials with saving the children's lives. "He's an absolute hero".

Neal sprayed the building with bullets, shooting out windows and doors, but was unable to get inside, thanks to the lockdown. One bullet is still in her gut.

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His aunt, Rosa A. Monroy, said he was at University of California, Davis, Medical Center in Sacramento awaiting surgery on his foot.

In all, she says she asked four people for help. "I just pray that we can all be strong together". It's not clear when they will operate on the more serious wound to his upper chest and right arm, she said.

He said the rampage ended when a patrol auto rammed the stolen vehicle the shooter was driving and killed him in a shootout.

Dillon Elliott said he witnessed the rolling gun battle from a coffee shop and parking lot as the gunman and deputies sped by. "I mean I've never heard gunshots like that before", he said.

Neal, who has a documented history of mental illness, moved to Rancho Tehama Reserve from North Carolina in an effort to control his severe bouts of paranoia - but to no avail, his family said. "I think he was just on a rampage, I think he had a desire to kill as many people as he could". "Every so often you'll see them if it's super bad".

Juan Caravez, president of the local homeowners' association, told the AP that he and other neighbors complained of frequent gunfire coming from Neal's property, but "the sheriff wouldn't do anything about it".

"It's nearly like they think we're lawless out here and they just don't care", he said.

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