Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Six people dead after shooting spree in California

The man shot dead his wife and four men in Bakersfield in Southern California. Source Reuters Two men were shot at a residence in Bakersfield Southern California. Source ReutersMore
Deanna Wagner | 13 September, 2018, 17:43

Sheriff's deputies say a husband and wife went to a business, and the husband shot and killed his wife, as well as a man inside the business.

The man first showed up at a trucking business with his wife shortly before 5:30 p.m. and confronted another man. He then fatally shot his wife, Youngblood said.

Another person arrived on the scene and opened fire on the gunman.

The husband then went to another location on Breckenridge Road where he confronted two males at a residence and shot them.

He then halted a vehicle with a woman and child inside before stealing the auto.

As the gunman was driving away he was spotted by a deputy and suddenly pulled into a parking lot, where he shot himself in the chest and died.

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Except for the gunman's wife, there was no immediate word on how the victims might have been related. "We are interviewing over 30 witnesses", he continued, adding that the man had used a large calibre handgun.

"What we are trying to do is find out why this started and why so many players (are) involved, and the connection", Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood told a group of reporters.

"There was some type of situation that caused the husband to be extremely upset", Kern County Sheriff said. The confrontation was captured on the deputy's body camera.

"Six people lost their lives in a very short amount of time", Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said during a Wednesday night news conference. "This is highly unusual", he said.

"This is the new normal", said Youngblood.

Deputies are now interviewing about 30 people who witnessed the string of shootings. "Five victims are deceased, and the suspect is also deceased", he repeated.