Bakersfield, Calif. gunman kills 5 and self

A Bakersfield, California gunman killed five people, including his wife, before killing himself as a Kern County sheriff's deputy closed in Wednesday, authorities said. Officials are talking to at least 30 witnesses.


There was no immediate word on what sparked the shootings that took place at a home and a business in Bakersfield, which is some 90 miles north of Los Angeles.

"Obviously, these are not random shootings," Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said. Six people died in a short amount of time, he added.

The man first showed up at a trucking business with his wife shortly before 5:30 p.m. and confronted another man.

"The suspect, the husband, shot the person at the trucking company and then turned and shot his wife," then chased and shot another man who showed up, Youngblood said.

The gunman then went to a home where he shot a man and a woman, authorities said.

He then carjacked a woman who was driving her child. The woman and child escaped and the man drove to a highway where a sheriff's deputy saw him, Youngblood said.

The gunman saw the deputy and pulled into a lot. When the deputy confronted him at gunpoint the man shot himself in the chest, the sheriff said.

Except for the gunman's wife, there was no immediate word on how the victims might have been related.

Youngblood told reporters about 10 to 15 minutes elapsed from the first shooting until the gunman killed himself. "Six people lost their lives in a very short period of time. This is highly unusual."

Youngblood added, "This is the new normal, if you look across the country, these types of shootings."

About 30 people saw the shootings and were being interviewed by deputies, Youngblood said.

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