6 dead in California shooting spree

Posted at 5:43 AM, Sep 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-13 07:43:51-04

BAKERFIELD, CA – Six people, including the gunman, are dead after a shooting spree in Bakersfield, California, Wednesday. Kern County sheriff’s officials say they believe it was a domestic violence situation.

Why the gunman went on the rampage is not know at this time, but it does appear that all of the victims are connected in some way. The victims are all adults.

The gunman reportedly shot himself as at least one officer approached him.

Image: Kern COunty Shooting, Bakersfield, CA

Authorities received their first call about the shooting at 5:19 p.m.  Lt. Mark King of the Kern County Sheriff’s Office says three people, including the gunman’s wife, are believed to have been fatally shot at a trucking business.

At 5:34 p.m., police were contacted about a man with a gun and shots fired a few miles away, where two other victims were found dead.

Fifteen minutes later, a woman and her child were carjacked, but the mother persuaded the gunman to let them go and take their vehicle. The mother and child were not injured.

Deputies spotted the vehicle in a business parking lot. As they approached the man, he got out of the car and fatally shot himself.

The names of the suspect and the victims are unknown at this time.