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6 dead in California shooting spree

Posted at 8:44 PM, Sep 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-13 10:52:18-04

BAKERSFIELD, California — Officials with the Kern County Sheriff's Department said that 6 people are dead including the shooter in a shooting spree On Wednesday evening.

At about 5:20 p.m. local time Wednesday, a man arrived at the trucking business behind Bear Mountain Sports with his wife.

Sheriff Donny Youngblood said that he then shot a man at the trucking business before shooting and killing his wife.

Following the shooting, he then chased a person who witnessed the shooting to the front of Bear Mountain Sports where he shot and killed the witness, Youngblood said.

The man then fled the area to Breckenridge Road where he confronted two people at a home and fatally shot them. He left the home and then hijacked a nearby vehicle with a woman and child inside at Fillmore Avenue. The woman and child made it out safely and were able to escape from the vehicle, Youngblood said.

The man then drove to Edison Highway where he was confronted by a deputy.

When confronted, he turned the gun on himself and killed himself.

In all, five victims and one suspect are dead.

During the press conference following the shooting, KCSO Sheriff Donny Youngblood referred to the incident as a new normal.

Sheriff Youngblood also said that the officer who confronted the suspect was wearing a body camera, however officials have not seen the footage as of yet.

According to Gun Violence Archive, this would be the third-deadliest shooting in the U.S. this year behind Parkland and the shooting at Santa Fe High School.