Residents in Rancho Tehama seek more patrols after mass shooting


RANCHO TEHAMA, Calif. (AP) - Residents in Rancho Tehama who were terrorized by a mass shooting this week say they want increased sheriff's patrols.

They said they're angry and frustrated at often seemingly being left to fend for themselves in what several called a "Wild West" atmosphere.

The homeowners' association board plans to meet Thursday to continue talks. It comes two days after 44-year-old Kevin Neal killed his wife and four others before he died in a gun battle with deputies. Neal also targeted the Rancho Tehama School during the shooting.

Board member Richard Gutierrez says residents were already complaining about the lack of law enforcement and frequent gunfire.

"The Rancho Tehama Association, its staff and its Board of Directors offers its sincerest condolences to the victims of this senseless tragedy and their families," said Gutierrez. "The Association and the Board are assisting with fundraising efforts and coordinating with local businesses to provide assistance to the victims and their families. The Board is also investigating the suspect's time in the community and is aware that a number of complaints about the suspect's behavior or gun use were referred to the Sheriff's Department. Additional information is not available at this time. Anyone wishing to donate to or otherwise assist the victims or their families should contact Carrie Lee at the Association's offices."

You can reach Carrie Lee by calling 530-585-2444.

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