Man kills five people, himself in California shooting rampage: cops

Man kills five people, himself in California shooting rampage: cops

Six people were shot and killed Wednesday night in Bakersfield in what the Kern County Sheriff's Office called a "mass shooting", according to The Bakersfield Californian.

Kern County Sheriff's deputies arrived at the scene following reports of shots being fired at a trucking company on Manwell Boulevard, near Highway 58 and Weedpatch Highway, reported.

After that, investigators say the husband went to a home on Breckenridge Road and shot two people inside. He commandeered a vehicle before he killed himself when he was confronted by a sheriff's deputy, Youngblood said.

He then hijacked a auto but the woman and child inside the vehicle escaped. The suspect put the gun to his chest and killed himself.

In all, five victims and one suspect are dead.

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A Kern County sheriff's deputy stands near an area where a shooting victim lies (right) on Wednesday in Bakersfield.

Local media are reporting the man approached the trucking business and shot a man before shooting his wife. The shootings were apparently not random.

A woman and child were inside the vehicle at the time but managed to escape without injury. A spree shooter shot and killed five people, including his wife, and then committed suicide. He said the officer who confronted the suspect wore a body camera, but the footage has not been released.

It was not clear why the man went on the rampage, but there may be a connection between the shooter and the victims - all described as adults, Sheriff Donny Youngblood told reporters. "We are interviewing over 30 witnesses", he continued, adding that the man had used a large calibre handgun. "This is highly unusual".

Reuters reported the police recovered a pistol at the scene.

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