People Dead, Including Suspect, After Shooting Spree In Bakersfield

People Dead, Including Suspect, After Shooting Spree In Bakersfield

Six people were shot and killed Wednesday night in Bakersfield in what the Kern County Sheriff's Office called a "mass shooting", according to The Bakersfield Californian.

Authorities say a gunman in California has killed five people, including his wife, before turning the gun on himself as a sheriff's deputy closed in.

The shooting left 6 dead, including the gunman and his wife, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood told reporters.

The husband then shot and killed a third victim, a man who confronted him at the scene, before fleeing and driving to a house nearby. He then commandeered a vehicle from a woman and her child before he killed himself when he was confronted by a sheriff's deputy, Youngblood said. "Six people lost their lives in a very short period of time", Youngblood said.

"I'm certainly speculating right now", Youngblood said.

More than 30 people were reportedly interviewed during the initial investigation, and five search warrants were served. Another man entered the business and tried to run.

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Authorities have not determined a motive in Wednesday's shooting spree in Bakersfield, however, they are confident a connection between the gunman and all five victims will be found.

Following the shooting, he chased a witness in front of Bear Mountain Sports at about 5.20pm local time (1.20am BST).

"There was some type of situation that caused the husband to be extremely upset", he said.

Investigators said he next stole a vehicle with a woman and child inside, but they were not harmed.

Deputies are now interviewing about 30 people who witnessed the string of shootings. The relation between the suspect and these two victims was unclear.

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