Shooting kills 2 and injures 3, including officer

CLEARLAKE OAKS, Calif. (AP) -- A series of shootings Monday in a small lakeside Northern California community killed two people and injured three others, including a police officer, authorities said.

It's unclear what prompted the shootings in Clearlake Oaks or whether the gunman knew any of the victims, Lake County Sheriff Brian Martin said. Alan Ashmore, 61, of Clearlake Oaks, was arrested about 30 minutes after the first report of gunfire.

A California Highway Patrol officer was shot in his body armor while pursuing the gunman and was treated and released from a hospital. The other victims were expected to survive their injuries, Martin said.

"We don't know whether the shootings were all targeted, if they were random or if they were a combination," Martin said.

Two men died in separate shootings at homes, Martin said. More gunfire erupted at a gas station near a post office, where authorities told people to shelter in place as officers chased the suspect.

Authorities also are investigating a report that Ashmore opened fire at a winery, but Martin said it's possible he wielded a firearm without firing.

Clearlake Oaks is a small community on the shore of Clear Lake about 115 miles northeast of San Francisco.

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