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His constant gunfire terrorized neighbors; but authorities could not prevent gunman's rampage

RANCHO TEHAMA, Calif. - The screaming and gunfire coming from Kevin Neal's blue mobile home last week was so disturbing that Jayne Barnes-Vinson called the Tehama County sheriff's office to complain.

"I heard a man and a woman screaming, like fighting, and the man was shooting off rounds like an automatic gun. So I was scared," Barnes-Vinson said.

Deputies arrived, she said, but told her they could not pinpoint the source of the gunfire.

Neal's penchant for firing off guns and threatening neighbors was well-known in this rural corner of Northern California even though he was barred from having any guns

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