Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

5 dead in Bakersfield, California shooting rampage

5 dead in Bakersfield, California shooting rampage

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood says the shootings began shortly before 5.30pm on Wednesday (10.20am Thursday AEST) at a business and a home in Bakersfield, about 145km north of Los Angeles. According to AP, except for the gunman's wife, there was no immediate word on how the victims might have been related.

The gunman, who was not identified, then went to a home nearby and shot and killed two more people.

Police then received a call from a woman who said she had been carjacked. Deputies say the gunman chased that third person to another location, where he shot and killed him.

Youngblood did not disclose the identities of the victims. But the mother and child managed to escape.

Sheriff's interviewed more than 30 witnesses and have served five search warrants, according to the CBS affiliate KBAK-TV.

The man killed his wife and a man at a trucking company in Bakersfield, California, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said.

"It happened rather quickly of course", Youngblood said.

"Obviously, these are not random shootings", said Youngblood, while denouncing the fact that such mass shooting were "the new normal". He said the officer who confronted the suspect wore a body camera, but the footage has not been released.

Two men were shot at a residence in Bakersfield, Southern California. "This is highly unusual". He took that vehicle and drove to Edison Highway, where a deputy saw him and confronted him. "Five victims are deceased, and the suspect is also deceased", he repeated.

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