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Bakersfield Shooting Spree: 6 Dead, Including Gunman, in Possible 'Domestic Violence Incident'

Bakersfield Shooting Spree: 6 Dead, Including Gunman, in Possible 'Domestic Violence Incident'

He then shot his ex-wife, killing her, according to the sheriff.

"This is the new normal", said Youngblood.

The gunman then headed to a nearby highway, where he saw a deputy and pulled over. Body camera footage shows the deputy yelling at the shooter to "put the gun down". The suspect confronted and shot and killed a trucking employee, identified as 50-year-old Manuel Contreras according to KBAK, and then he shot his wife, the sheriff's office said.

Another male then fled from the building, and the gunman gave chase, getting into his vehicle and driving to the front of a nearby hunting equipment shop.

Authorities say that approximately 30 people witnessed the shootings and are being interviewed by police.

Police said in a press conference that they believe the murders were sparked by a domestic dispute, between the shooter and his ex-wife, Petra. However, authorities said they are still investigating the specific motive for the mass shooting.

The violence started on Wednesday night at a trucking business.

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The gunman then went to a home where he shot a man and daughter.

The video shows Kern County Sheriff's deputies pointing their automatic rifles at Javier Casarez as he stood near a white SUV in what appeared to be a parking lot in Bakersfield on Wednesday.

Matt Marion of Bakersfield is a truck refrigeration mechanic who works at a business across the street from where the first two homicides happened.

He says most of the large family were home when the Garcias were shot and are devastated and in shock.

When he arrived at the residence, the suspect fatally shot two more men, the sheriff said. The gunman killed himself as a deputy approached. When confronted, he turned the gun on himself and killed himself. But he said that was still being verified and did not release further details.

Bakersfield is a community of 375,000 people about 115 miles (185 km) northeast of Los Angeles.


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