Six people are dead, including the shooter, after a mass shooting in Bakersfield on Wednesday evening. The spree spanned five crime scenes in East Bakersfield.
According to the Kern County Sheriff’s office, the 35-minute ordeal began near a trucking business close to Highway 58 and State Route 184. There, the suspect allegedly shot and killed two people, including his wife, then pursued another person down the street and killed him near a neighboring sporting goods store.
Two more victims were found at a nearby apartment complex. The gunman was eventually tracked down on the highway in a hijacked car, after the mother and child originally in the car escaped and called the police. From the highway, a sheriff’s deputy directed the car into a parking lot, where the suspect then turned his gun on himself.
Sheriff’s deputies believe no other victims were injured or killed. Investigators have not yet released the identities of the victims or suspect, and they’re interviewing around 30 witnesses to determine the suspect’s motive and connection to the victims.