Six people — including the shooter — died yesterday in a mass shooting incident that started at a trucking company in Bakersfield, California.
The shooting spree began around 5:20 p.m. at a trucking company on Manwell Boulevard, according to Bakersfield.com.
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Police say that the incident began when the shooting suspect and his wife entered the trucking company facilities and confronted another male. The suspect shot the man, then turned the gun on his own wife. Both died as a result of the shooting.
A third male entered the trucking company building. The suspect fired shots at this man, who fled. The suspect chased the man outside of the building and shot and killed him.
The suspect then left the trucking company and went to a nearby home on Breckenridge Road where he confronted a man and a women before shooting them to death.
After this, the suspect carjacked a vehicle with a mother and child inside. Neither the mother or the child were hurt.
The shooter drove the carjacked vehicle to Edison Avenue. As he pulled into a parking lot, a deputy spotted him and approached his vehicle with his weapon drawn. At this point, the suspect fatally shot himself in the chest.
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Sheriff Donny Youngblood says that the time between the initial shooting at the truck stop to the time that the shooter killed himself was very brief: “I think it was a very short amount of time, about 10 or 15 minutes.”
It isn’t clear at this time whether the shooter was an employee at the trucking company.
Multiple law enforcement agencies are investigating the shooting spree. While there is no known motive at this time, Lt. Mark King of the Kern County Sheriff’s Office says that police believe that the shooting was a case of domestic violence.
Judy and I are shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific loss of life in Bakersfield yesterday. Our entire community, with one heavy heart, is praying for the victims and their families.
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