Gunman kills five people before shooting himself in southern California rampage

Erika Holt
September 15, 2018

"We're seeing this across the nation, people taking handguns and shooting people with more than one victim at a time", Youngblood said on Thursday, adding: "It's just something that I hope we don't become immune to".

"It appears that the suspect targeted each of his victims", Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood told a news conference in Bakersfield, where Wednesday's deadly rampage took place.

Police said a sheriff's deputy spotted the vehicle a short time later on a nearby highway. He also shot at an employee of the trucking company who walked in on the altercation.

Youngblood clarified that all those shot by the gunman were adults, but he didn't provide many more details. The suspect was identified Thursday as 54-year-old Javier Casarez, according to KBAK-TV.

Court documents show their divorce was finalized in April.

"These young children, when they see this, that's something that will stay with them the rest of their lives", he said.

His ex-wife had recently filed for an unspecified change in orders involving child support and property. The chief said the shootings have the implication of "domestic violence".

Youngblood said, "Obviously there's some type of situation that caused the husband to be extremely upset". Valadez may have witnessed the initial shootings. Youngblood says the daughter may have tried to intervene. When the deputy confronted him at gunpoint the man shot himself in the chest, the sheriff said.

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Casarez then stops talking to the deputies and turns his body away from them, showing only his back.

The husband then drove to a residence on Breckenridge Road and shot dead two people.

Casarez is heard saying something to the deputy, though it is unclear what it was he said.

"We didn't think much about it", he said. He then turned the gun on his wife and shot her.

"It was loud", he said.

Witnesses have told how after the first shots rang out, someone yelled in Spanish: 'Police!

All of the shootings happened in about a half mile and took about 30 minutes.

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