Gun­man kills five, self in a series of shoot­ings in SoCal

Global Times - - World -

An uniden­ti­fied gun­man shot and killed his wife and four other peo­ple in a series of shoot­ings on Wed­nes­day in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia be­fore tak­ing his own life, po­lice said.

The man went with his wife to a truck­ing com­pany in Bakersfield, Cal­i­for­nia, where he shot and killed a man and then turned his gun on his spouse, killing her, Kern County Sher­iff Donny Young­blood told a news con­fer­ence.

He then chased an­other man from the truck­ing com­pany be­fore he shot and killed him in front of a nearby sports store.

The gun­man later killed two men at a res­i­dence. He then com­man­deered a ve­hi­cle from a woman and her child be­fore he killed him­self when he was con­fronted by a sher­iff’s deputy, Young­blood said.

The en­tire in­ci­dent took place over 10 to 15 min­utes, he said.

“This is the new nor­mal, if you look across the coun­try,” Young­blood said, de­scrib­ing the in­ci­dent as a mass shoot­ing.

“Six peo­ple lost their lives in a very short pe­riod of time.”

Author­i­ties were work­ing to de­ter­mine “why this started and why so many play­ers were in­volved and the con­nec­tion be­cause ob­vi­ously these are not ran­dom shoot­ings,” Young­blood said.

“There was some type of sit­u­a­tion that caused the hus­band to be ex­tremely up­set,” he said. He did not dis­close the iden­ti­ties of the vic­tims.

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