6 killed - including gunman - in Bakersfield shooting spree

Elias Hubbard
September 13, 2018

A man shot dead his wife and four other people in Bakersfield in California in a series of shootings on Wednesday.

Sheriff Donny Youngblood told reporters that the suspect first shot a man at the trucking company and then killed his own wife. The suspect shot the man to death outside of a nearby gun shop, the sheriff said.

Another person arrived on the scene and opened fire on the gunman.

After a short foot chase the gunman shot and killed him too.

The gunman then went to a home where he shot two people, the sheriff added.

He then hijacked a vehicle with a woman and child in it; they were able to escape safely.

A deputy reportedly pulled the suspect over.

Youngblood said the gunman then carjacked a woman who had a child in her vehicle.

Authorities say that the gunman went to a trucking company with his wife.

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".

He added that around 30 people saw the shootings and were being interviewed by deputies. He said the officer who confronted the suspect wore a body camera, but the footage has not been released.

"It's very unusual to have six people killed in one incident", the lawman said.

Five people have been killed in a string of shootings in Bakersfield, California.

The suspect fled toward a neighborhood, Youngblood said, and was headed toward a specific residence. "Five victims are deceased, and the suspect is also deceased", he repeated.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER