Gunman Kills 5, Self in California Rampage

Suspect's wife is among the victims, police say
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 13, 2018 12:34 AM CDT
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Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood talks to the media, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in southeast Bakersfield, Calif., where authorities say a gunman killed multiple people.   (Sam Morgen/The Bakersfield Californian via AP)
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(Newser) – A gunman killed five people, including his wife, before turning the gun on himself as a Kern County sheriff's deputy closed in Wednesday, authorities say. There was no immediate word on what sparked the shootings that took place at a home and a business in Bakersfield, Calif., some 90 miles north of Los Angeles, the AP reports. "Obviously, these are not random shootings," Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood tells KERO-TV, adding that six people died in a short amount of time. The man first showed up at a trucking business with his wife shortly before 5:30pm, where he confronted another man, the sheriff says.

"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 says. The gunman then went to a home where he shot two people, the sheriff says. 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 says. His identity was not immediately released and except for the gunman's wife, there was no immediate word on how the victims might have been related. About 30 people saw the shootings and are being interviewed by deputies, Youngblood says.


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