A gunman in Bakersfield, California, went on a killing spree through the city on Wednesday night, fatally shooting five people including his wife, and stealing a vehicle before being confronted by a sheriff’s deputy and killing himself, the authorities stated. The series of shootings in Bakersfield unfolded for about 15 minutes, Sheriff Donny Youngblood of Kern County said at a news conference late Wednesday. The authorities did not immediately release the names of the victims or the gunman. “Obviously there’s some type of situation that caused the husband to be extremely upset,” he said, adding later that “We’re trying to find the connection. Obviously these are not random shootings.”
The events unfolded when the suspect, armed with a handgun, and his wife entered a trucking business, Sheriff Youngblood said. They confronted a man at the said business; the husband shot and killed the man, then turning and shooting his wife. Soon, another man arrived at the scene and the gunman fired at him. After a brief chase, the gunman shot and killed that man in front of a sporting goods store. The gunman then continued on to a nearby home, where he confronted and then fatally shot two more men. He then carjacked a vehicle with a woman and child inside. The woman and child were eventually able to escape, the sheriff said. The sheriff’s officials stated further that although there were at least four crime scenes and dozens of witnesses, he was not aware of any injuries beyond those who were fatally shot.
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