Six dead in Bakersfield shooting

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Six dead in Bakersfield shooting

An unidentified gunman shot and killed five people in a series of shootings in Southern California before taking his own life, police said.

A man killed his ex-wife and four others across three locations on Wednesday near Bakersfield, California, before killing himself as a sheriff's deputy confronted him, authorities said.

At about 5:20 p.m. a man arrived at a trucking business behind Bear Mountain Sports with his wife. There, Casarez confronted, shot and killed 50-year-old Manuel Contreras and Casarez's ex-wife, according to the sheriff.

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

"We need to find out where this started...obviously these are not random shootings".

He reportedly then fled and shot two people at a house.

The gunman shot himself as at least one law enforcer approached him, Youngblood said.

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

Afterwards, Cazares drove to a home less than two miles away on Breckenridge Road and fatally shot Eliseo Cazares, and his daughter, Laura Garcia, according to investigators.

A deputy who had spotted the suspect confronted him there, an encounter captured on body camera video. The suspect put the gun to his chest and killed himself.

While no official motive has been determined at the time of this writing, Lt. Mark King of the Kern County Sheriff's Office said there is a "strong indication" that domestic violence could be the motive.

Detectives had a lot of work to do investigating the incident, which unfolded over half an hour within an area of several city blocks, said the sheriff, who has called such mass shootings the "new normal" in the United States.

The fact that the gunman spared the woman and her baby after commandeering her auto indicates to investigators that he may have had a reason for shooting the people he did, according to authorities.

The names of the victims or the gunman have not been released.

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