A gunman in Bakersfield, Calif., went on a killing spree through the city on Wednesday night, fatally shooting five people — including his wife — and stealing a vehicle before being confronted by a sheriff’s deputy and killing himself, the authorities said.
The series of shootings in Bakersfield — about 115 miles north of Los Angeles — began around 5:20 p.m. and unfolded in about 15 minutes, Sheriff Donny Youngblood of Kern County said at a news conference late Wednesday.
The authorities did not immediately release the names of the victims or the gunman.
“Obviously there’s some type of situation that caused the husband to be extremely upset,” he said.
He added later: “We’re trying to find the connection. Obviously these are not random shootings.”
The events began to unfold when the suspect, who was armed with a handgun, and his wife entered a trucking business, Sheriff Youngblood said. They confronted a man at the business; the husband shot and killed the man, and then turned and shot his wife, the sheriff said.
Officials in Bakersfield, which lies about 90 miles north of Los Angeles, says the attacker then turned the gun on himself.
The gunman and his wife had shown up at a trucking business in the town on Wednesday evening, where he confronted another man.
Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said: “The suspect, the husband, shot the person at the trucking company and then turned and shot his wife.”
The gunman then chased another man from the business and killed him in front of a nearby sports store.
Another two people were shot at a home nearby.
The gunman then carjacked a woman who was with her child, but they both managed to escape unharmed.
As he drove down a highway, the gunman was spotted by a sheriff’s deputy and pulled over.
When he was confronted at gunpoint, he shot himself in the chest.
Mr Youngblood said the entire incident took place over 10 to 15 minutes, adding: “This is the new normal, if you look across the country. Six people lost their lives in a very short period of time.”
It is not known how the victims are related, and the gunman’s identity is yet to be made public.