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Gunman Kills His Wife, 4 Others and Himself in Bakersfield

A sheriff's department official said there were 'strong indications' of a domestic violence motive in the rampage

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    Gunman Kills 5, Self in Bakersfield, California

    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 said. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018)

    What to Know

    • A gunman killed his wife and four other people before shooting himself to death in Bakersfield Wednesday evening

    • There were "strong indications" of a domestic violence motive in the rampage, according to a sheriff's department official

    • The shootings were not random, according to the Kern County sheriff

    A gunman went on a rampage in Kern County, California, killing his wife and four other people before shooting himself to death, authorities said.

    Kern County sheriff's Lt. Mark King said Thursday there were "strong indications" of a domestic violence motive in the Wednesday evening rampage. But he said that was still being verified and did not release further details.

    The victims were shot at and near a trucking company and then at a residence in Bakersfield, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) north of Los Angeles.

    Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood told reporters the shootings were not random.

    "Obviously, there is some type of situation that caused the husband to be extremely upset," he said.

    He added: "I'm pretty comfortable (saying) there will be a connection between all these players," he added.

    The man first showed up at the company with his wife shortly before 5:30 p.m. where he confronted another man.

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

    The gunman then went to a home where he shot and killed a man and a woman, the sheriff 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 parking lot. When the deputy confronted him at gunpoint, the man shot himself in the chest, the sheriff said.

    The man's identity was not immediately made public.

    Except for the gunman's wife, officials provided no details on how the victims might have been related.

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

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