Bakersfield shooting: Six dead as gunman opens fire in California rampage

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The man first showed up at the company with his wife shortly before 5:30 p.m. where he confronted another man. Authorities say that a husband and wife had a confrontation with a man at the business when the husband shot and killed him.

"Six people lost their lives in a very short amount of time", Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said during a Wednesday night news conference. The mother and child, however, managed to escape.

The shooting in Bakersfield in central California was possibly "a domestic violence incident", said Lieutenant Mark King of the Kern County sheriff's office.

He then headed to a nearby highway where he saw a deputy and pulled over.

He then carjacked a woman who was driving her child.

Six people have been killed in linked shootings in the city of Bakersfield in California, police say.

Youngblood said detectives believe the store is not connected to the spree. "This is the new normal", the sheriff said of the mass shooting.

The identities or a motive have not yet been revealed for the shootings in Bakersfield, 90 miles north of Los Angeles.

Another man who was at the scene then tried to run from the suspect.

Authorities were working to determine "why this started and why so many players were involved and the connection because obviously these are not random shootings". There are multiple trucking businesses in the industrial complex, some of which could not be immediately reached by The Washington Post.

Police said the final report in this case could take a long time, as there are 30 witnesses to this heinous crime-all of which need to be interviewed. The three shootings all occurred at the trucking business near Bear Mountain Sports.

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