Gunman kills five people in deadly rampage before shooting himself

Lamar Ellis
September 13, 2018

The husband pulled over into a parking lot and when the deputy confronted him with a firearm, the husband turned the gun on himself.

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood says the shootings began shortly before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and occurred at a business and a home in Bakersfield, about 90 miles north of Los Angeles. The suspect shot the man to death outside of a nearby gun shop, the sheriff said.

When he arrived at the residence, the suspect fatally shot two more men, the sheriff said.

"It's highly unusual to have six people killed in one incident", the sheriff said.

The identities of the attacker and the victims have not been made public yet.

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Investigators said he next stole a vehicle with a woman and child inside, but they were not harmed.

About 30 people witnessed the shootings and are being interviewed by deputies. The mother and child, however, managed to escape. He chased a person who had witnessed the shooting and killed that person, too. The area of the shooting spree was in unincorporated Bakersfield, which is patrolled by the sheriff's department. "Obviously there's some type of situation that caused the husband to be completely upset", he said. Police are still investigating the motives behind the killings.

"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. No names were released.

Youngblood said detectives believe the gun store is not connected to the spree. The relation between the suspect and these two victims was unclear.

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