Sheriff: Rural California man shot wife, 2 girls

Sheriff: Rural California man shot wife, 2 girls
This undated photo released by the Shasta County Sheriff's office shows Shane Miller, 45, who is suspected of a triple homicide at his home in rural Northern California. Shasta County Sheriff's Lt. Tom Campbell said Miller remained on the loose on Wednesday, May, 8, 2013, a day after the killings six miles west of Shingletown. (AP Photo/Shasta County Sheriff)

SHINGLETOWN, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in rural Northern California on Wednesday were searching for a man suspected of fatally shooting his wife and two young daughters at their home.

Shane Franklin Miller, 45, was on the loose a day after the killings in Shingletown, about 230 miles northeast of San Francisco, Shasta County sheriff's officials said.

"There is a manhunt for him right now," Lt. Dave Kent said. "He's a prime suspect. We're not looking for anybody else."

Schools in the area were under lockdown, The Record Searchlight of Redding reported.

Kent said deputies received a call from Miller's residence around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday. When they arrived, they found the bodies of Miller's wife, Sandy, 34, and two daughters, Shelby, 8, and Shasta, 4. Shane Miller was not there.

Kent said he did not know who placed the call.

Investigators have released a photo of Miller and said he may be driving a gold-colored 2010 Dodge Mega Cab pickup with a camper shell. He's considered armed and extremely dangerous.

Miller may be heading to a cabin in Ferndale where several weapons may be stored, authorities have said.

Shingletown, which lies near the Lassen National Forest, has a population of about 2,000 people.

The two-story house that authorities were called to is nestled among pine trees with a barn and greenhouse in the back, The Record Searchlight reported. Horses and llamas graze on the property.

Kent said deputies were called there last month regarding a domestic dispute.