Gunman kills five people before shooting himself in southern California rampage

Sergio Conner
September 13, 2018

The Associated Press says the gunman took his own life as a sheriff's deputy got close.

Officers responded to calls of a shooting at a trucking business just after 5pm (local time), Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said during a news conference today.

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

He then chased and shot another man who showed up, Mr Youngblood told KERO-TV.

Another person arrived on the scene and opened fire on the gunman.

The man then hijacked a vehicle with a woman and a child inside in Fillmore, which is about 100 miles from Bakersfield.

When deputies pulled the suspect over, the man shot himself in the chest.

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The gunman then trained the weapon on his wife, fatally shooting her inside the business as well. "We are interviewing over 30 witnesses", he continued, adding that the man had used a large calibre handgun.

Six people died in a short amount of time, he added. The woman and child escaped and the man drove to a highway where a sheriff's deputy saw him, Youngblood said. "This is highly unusual", he said.

"Obviously, these are not random shootings", said Youngblood, but could not elaborate on the possible motive of the attacker.

"This is the new normal", said Youngblood.

Five people have been killed in a string of shootings in Bakersfield, California.

The names of the victims or the gunman have not been released. "Our entire community, with one heavy heart, is praying for the victims and their families", he wrote.

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