Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

California gunman kills five in mass shooting

California gunman kills five in mass shooting

The first man fatally shot the second, and then killed his wife as well.

The violence began about 5:20 p.m., when the man showed up to a trucking business with his wife and confronted another man, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood told reporters. Sheriff's deputies say a husband and wife went to a business, and the husband shot and killed his wife, as well as a man inside the business.

He then killed another man nearby the company and two people later at a residence.

One woman and a child, who say they were carjacked by the suspect before his death, were able to escape the shootings.

The gunman then headed to a nearby highway, where he saw a deputy and pulled over.

Investigators are still trying to piece together how five victims of a mass shooting in Bakersfield are connected.

Bakersfield is about 90 miles north of Los Angeles.

At least 30 witnesses will be questioned by investigators in the next few days.

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He said Eliseo Garcia Cazares and his wife had four grown children, including a daughter who was killed in a vehicle accident a few years ago.

He may have forced his ex-wife to accompany him to a trucking business before shooting her and other victims, authorities said on Thursday.

Cazares got into his vehicle and chased Contreras, killing him a short distance away at Bear Mountain Sports, Youngblood said.

Reuters reported the police recovered a pistol at the scene.

The gunman used a five-shot.50-caliber handgun that had to be reloaded during about half-hour of violence at several locations Wednesday evening.

As the deputy closed in, yelling at Casarez to drop his gun, Casarez fatally shot himself in the stomach, according to graphic body camera footage released by police on Facebook. He said Cazarez and his estranged wife Petra went to TNT trucking to confront Valdez, an employee there.

"It's very unusual to have six people killed in one incident", NBC quoted him as saying.

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

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