A gunman in Bakersfield, California, about 115 miles north of Los Angeles, fatally shooted five people including his wife on Wednesday night.
He also stealed a vehicle before being confronted by a sheriff’s deputy and killing himself. The authorities did not immediately release the names of the victims or the gunman. “We’re trying to find the connection. Obviously these are not random shootings,” Sheriff Donny Youngblood of Kern County said at a news conference. Wednesday's incident happened when the man went with his wife to a trucking company in Bakersfield, California. He shot and killed a man and then turned his gun on his spouse, killing her. He then chased another man from the trucking company. He proceeded to flee the area and went to a nearby residence where he shot and killed two more people. So there were not random shootings.
Police recovered a pistol at the scene. Authorities were interviewing about 30 witnesses. The motive and what the gunman's relationship was to the victims is unclear at this time. Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood offered a sobering assessment of Wednesday's carnage, telling reporters: "This is the new normal, if you look across the country.Six people lost their lives in a very short period of time."