Gunman kills 5–including a woman– before using the gun on herself, Bakersfield authorities say

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood talks to the media in the southeast of Bakersfield, California, after authorities say a gunman killed several people Wednesday.

Sam (Tomorrow/The Californian Bakersfield via AP)

The authorities in Southern California responded to a mass shooting Wednesday evening that occurred at a Bakersfield trucking company and ended when the gunman fatally shot himself in the chest, in The Californian Bakersfield reported.

The shooting left 6 dead, including the shooter, and his wife, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood told reporters.

“Clearly, these are not random shootings,” Youngblood told KERO-TV, noting that the shooting occurred in a short amount of time.

Youngblood said the unknown gunman in the company at approximately 5:30 a.m. local time, and confronted another male in the vicinity of the business.

The suspect shot the man before using the gun on his wife, Youngblood said. The shooter opened fire on a third person, who allegedly ran on the scene.

The suspect then went to a house in the near of the trucking company and fatally shot two residents, the paper said. He stole a vehicle that was occupied by a woman and child, who managed to escape.

A deputy allegedly pulled the suspect over. When the officer approached the suspect, the suspect shot himself in the chest, the report said.

There is no immediate word on how or if the victims were related.

About 30 people saw the shootings and were interviewed by deputies, Youngblood said.

Bakersfield is about 90 miles north of Los Angeles.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.

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