Brian Rodgers was putting out the “Espresso” banner in front of his small coffee shop when he heard the staccato of 10 shots from across the road in this small community.
Then he heard the screaming and shouts from Rancho Tehama Elementary School just down the road.
“You could hear the teachers tell the kids, ‘Get down! Get down!’ ”
It was just before 8 am. Students would have been on the playground as classes did not start until 8:15 am. Rodgers knows because until recently his own children went to school there.
He called his wife, Tiffany, who dialed 911, and as they waited for sheriff’s deputies to arrive they heard more shooting — slow, single-fire shots by the school as if someone were taking time to pick targets, a shot and the yelp of a dog, and to the south, a man at the municipal