Rancho Tehama pastor requests prayers for healing after deadly shooting rampage

A pastor in Rancho Tehama Reserve is requesting people to pray for their community's healing in the wake of a shooting rampage which left six dead including the shooter and injured 10 others in the early morning of Nov. 14.

(Tehama County Sheriff's Office / Handout via REUTERS)An undated booking photo of Kevin Neal of Rancho Tehama, California, involved in a shooting spree at multiple sites in rural northern California, provided November 15, 2017.

Pastor Stephen May said he had heard gunshots a few minutes after he arrived at the Ranch Tehama Community Church on Tuesday morning. He was already inside and was unharmed in the incident, but the shooter had shot at his truck and shattered its windows, ABC 10 detailed.

"I think many of them are in shock, really not understanding that such a tragedy has hit close to home," said Pastor May, as he spoke about how his community was coping with the situation. 

Police said the shooter took two pistols and a semi-automatic rifle with him and went on a shooting rampage through Rancho Tehama after a domestic incident. He wreaked havoc through seven locations before he was killed by authorities.

Pastor May initially worried about his son, who worked at an elementary school where the suspect shot two children. Fortunately, his son was also unharmed in the rampage, but the school held a group counseling session on Nov. 15 for those traumatized by the attack.

In light of what had happened to their small and tight-knit community, Pastor May said his church was aiming to help people start the healing process. They held a candle light vigil at the Rancho Tehama Recreation Hall on Wednesday.

On Thursday, the Tehama Sheriff's Office announced the identities of the five victims killed in the shooting rampage. The fatalities include Michelle Iris McFadyen, 55; Danny Lee Elliot, 38; Diana Lee Steele, 68; Joseph Edward McHugh III, 56; and Barbara Ann Gilsan, 38, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The gunman was also identified as 44-year-old Kevin Neal, the husband of Gilsan. Officials said she had likely been killed before the shooting rampage began.