Authorities in Northern California have said that at least five are dead after shootings at multiple locations including an elementary school. The dead include the shooter who was killed by law enforcement, sheriffs said.

Tehama County Sheriff said that they were investigating seven shooting scenes in and around the school. An administrative assistant with the school district told the Associated Press that no one at the school had been killed but a "number" of students were injured.

According to local news channel KCRA, Tehama Couty Sheriff said that multiple shots were fired at Rancho Tehama School around 8am and that the shooting started at a home before moving onto the school. Other local media said that two children had been injured.

The Redding Record Searchlight reported that 100 officers were at the scene with authorities saying there were "at least five" scenes. That number was then increased to seven scenes later in the day.

A spokesperson for a hospital in Redding, 50 miles (80km) north of where the incident took place, told AP there were three people being treated for injuries there.

"I am told at this point the suspected shooter is deceased by law enforcement bullets," assistant sheriff Phil Johnston told a local TV station. Johnston said he did not have detailed information on the victims but said he knew "we have medevaced a number of students" and that the school had been cleared.

Johnston told AP that the shooter was "randomly picking targets". Authorities have recovered handguns and a semi-automatic rifle.

As of the 2010 census, the Rancho Tehama Reserve had a population of just 1,485.

A local man told Action News Now that his roommate had been shot dead and his truck stolen. The man said that a neighbour of his had been firing "a lot of bullet lately" and that they had "made it aware that this guy has been crazy". It is not clear whether the neighbour was the suspect in the incident.