Dead - Including Gunman - In Rampage Near Bakersfield

The man shot dead his wife and four men in Bakersfield in Southern California. Source ReutersMore

Local media are reporting the man approached the trucking business and shot a man before shooting his wife.

The man killed his wife and a man at a trucking company in Bakersfield, California, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said.

Six people - including the shooter - died yesterday in a mass shooting incident that started at a trucking company in Bakersfield, California.

The shooter then went to a house on Breckenridge Road, where he opened fire on two other men.

They say he eventually hijacked a auto from a woman and child. The woman and child made it out safely and were able to escape from the vehicle, Youngblood said.

The deputies learned that the husband had confronted a man and then shot both him and his own wife.

Investigators say the husband then went onto Edison Highway where he was spotted by a deputy. The suspect shot the man, then turned the gun on his own wife. The suspect put the gun to his chest and killed himself.

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"Obviously there's some type of situation that caused the husband to be extremely upset", Youngblood said, adding that he's confident of a connection between those involved.

The Sheriff's Department said the shootings took only a short period of time and were not random.

Reuters reported the police recovered a pistol at the scene.

Kern County sheriff's Lt. Mark King says Thursday there are "strong indications" of a domestic violence motive in the Wednesday evening rampage.

He added: "This is the new normal, if you look around the country".

Sheriff's interviewed more than 30 witnesses and have served five search warrants, according to the CBS affiliate KBAK-TV.

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

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