Six killed, including gunman, in series of shootings in Bakersfield

Howard TerrySep 13, 2018

Along with his wife, the attacker killed a man at a trucking company in Bakersfield.

According to the Californian, Youngblood said the suspect went to a trucking business with his wife and confronted another male.

According to the sheriff: The suspect left the area and went to a residence and confronted two more people, where he shot both of them.

A woman and child where then carjacked by the suspect but managed to escape, Youngblood said. He then shot his wife and another man - before he ventured into a nearby neighborhood and shot a married couple.

The identity of the suspect and victims has yet to be released.

But the gunman eventually tracked him down and killed him near Bear Mountain Sports, which is close to the trucking business.

When a male witness showed up, the suspect began chasing the man while firing at him, Youngblood said.

After hijacking a vehicle with a woman and child in it, the man was then confronted by a deputy and shot himself dead. Officers gave chase and the suspect pulled into a business, got out of the auto and shot himself, King said.

He told reporters about 10 to 15 minutes elapsed from the first shooting until the gunman killed himself, says CBS Bakersfield affiliate KBAK-TV. Asked if this was a mass shooting, the sheriff said "absolutely".

Referring to recent shootings across the country, Youngblood decried Wednesday's events as the "new normal".

Six people died in a short amount of time, he added.

Authorities were working to determine "why this started and why so many players were involved and the connection because obviously these are not random shootings". Authorities were interviewing about 30 witnesses.

Bakersfield is a community of 375,000 people about 115 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

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