警方:特哈马牧场小学枪击案凶手凯文·尼尔上街乱射前先在家杀妻

编辑:给力英语新闻 更新:2017年11月16日 作者:美国之音(VOA News)

加州特哈马郡助理治安官菲尔·约翰斯顿向媒体介绍案情。(2017年11月14日)
加州特哈马郡助理治安官菲尔·约翰斯顿向媒体介绍案情。(2017年11月14日)

加利福尼亚州北部大肆开枪杀人的凶手在作案开始之际,先在家中打死了妻子,这使这一枪击案的死亡人数上升到五人。

特哈马郡助理治安官菲尔·约翰斯顿在星期三的记者会上说,44岁的凯文·尼尔星期一晚间射杀了他的妻子。第二天,他上街肆意开枪,袭击目标包括特哈马牧场小学,最后被警察击毙。

警方在凶手的家中发现了尼尔妻子的尸体。尸体被藏在地板下。当局没有披露他妻子的名字。约翰斯顿说:“我们相信这可能是整个事件的开始。”

尼尔射杀的头两个人是他的邻居,他随后偷走了他们的卡车,然后又到别处行凶,似乎是随意选择受害人。作案地点包括特哈马牧场小学。由于学校封锁了入口,他无法入内。

约翰斯顿说,枪击案还造成九人受伤,包括七名孩子。他说,其中四名孩子出事时在学校,他们的伤势不一,有的很轻,有的威胁生命。

一名孩子目前仍然伤势危急。

袭击动机目前还不清楚,但是约翰斯顿说:“我认为他有尽可能多杀人的欲望。”

他称赞教师听到枪声后发布封锁和保护学校的通知。他说,他们的行动防止了一场“可怕的血洗事件”。

约翰斯顿说,枪手朝特哈马牧场小学打了六分钟的枪,然后驾车离去,到别的地方继续开枪。

他说,一辆警察巡逻车撞入凶手偷走并驾驶的汽车,与他展开枪战,将其击毙。

Police: California Man Killed Wife Before Tuesday Rampage

The gunman who went on a shooting spree in Northern California began by killing his wife inside their home, raising the death toll from the attack to five.

Kevin Neal, 44, fatally shot his wife late Monday, Assistant Tehama County Sheriff Phil Johnston said at a news conference Wednesday. The next day, he went on a shooting spree that included an attack on an elementary school in Rancho Tehama Reserve, an unincorporated community. Police ultimately shot and killed him.

Police found the body of Neal's wife, whose name has not been released, concealed in the floor at the shooter's home.

"We believe that's probably what started this whole event," Johnston said.

The first two people Neal shot and killed were neighbors. He then stole their truck and sought victims elsewhere, seemingly at random, including an elementary school, where he was locked out.

Reports on the number of people injured ranged from eight to as high as 14. Four children at the school suffered injuries "ranging from very minor to life-threatening," Johnston said. One child remained in critical condition.

A motive for the attack was still not known, but Johnston said: "I think he had a desire to kill as many people as he could."

He praised teachers for issuing a lockdown and securing the school after hearing gunshots, adding that their actions prevented a "bloodbath."

Johnston said the gunman spent about six minutes shooting into Rancho Tehama Elementary School before driving off to continue shooting elsewhere.

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