Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Six dead in Bakersfield shooting

Six dead in Bakersfield shooting

A gunman killed five people in back-to-back shootings in Bakersfield on Wednesday evening before turning the gun on himself when he was confronted by a deputy, authorities said.

Six people, including the gunman, were killed in a Bakersfield, Calif.,-area shooting spree Wednesday night, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said.

A man and his wife drove to a trucking business in the city, where the man shot dead two men and his wife. A spree shooter shot and killed five people, including his wife, and then committed suicide. At that point, the man got out of the vehicle and shot himself in the chest.

The husband then went to another location on Breckenridge Road where he confronted two males at a residence and shot them. The shooter commandeered a vehicle with a woman and a child inside.

The gunman saw the deputy and pulled into a lot. The gunman's motive and relationship to all the victims is now unclear. He chased a person who had witnessed the shooting and killed that person, too. The confrontation was captured on the deputy's body camera.

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

Reuters reported the police recovered a pistol at the scene.

He added that around 30 people saw the shootings and were being interviewed by deputies.

The Kern County sheriff said the motive was not immediately clear but that much of his department was working on piecing the shootings together. "Our entire community, with one heavy heart, is praying for the victims and their families", he wrote.

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