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LOS ANGELES – A gunman went on a rampage killing his wife and four other people, before shooting himself to death, California, authorities said.
Kern County sheriff’s Lt. Mark King said Thursday there were “strong indications” of a domestic violence motive in the Wednesday night rampage. But he said that it still is controlled and not free more information.
The victims were shot and in the vicinity of a trucking company and then to a house in Bakersfield, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) north of Los Angeles.
Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood told reporters the shootings were not random.
“Clearly, there is a kind of situation that caused the man very angry,” he said. “I’m pretty comfortable saying there is a connection between all these players.”
The man first showed up in the company together with his wife shortly before 5:30 p.m. where he is a different man.
“The suspect, the man shot the person at the trucking company, and turned and shot his wife” and then chased and shot at a man who showed up, Youngblood said.
The shooter then went to a house where he shot and killed, a man and a woman, the sheriff said.
KERO-TV, citing information from family members, reported that the 57-year-old Eliseo Garcia and his daughter, the 32-year-old Laura Garcia, the victims were in the house.
After the shooting at the Garcia house, the gunman carjacked a woman who was driving her child. The woman and child escaped, and the man drove on a highway where a sheriff’s deputy saw him, Youngblood said.
The shooter saw the deputy and pulled into a parking lot. When the deputy confronted him at gunpoint, the man shot himself in the chest, the sheriff said.
The man’s identity is not immediately made public.
David Bunting, who lives two doors of the Garcia house, said Laura Garcia was a mother of four and her father was a self-employed truck driver who was always with his grandchildren, if they don’t work, often driving them around on his cart.
“He really is a nice guy. I can’t say enough good things about him,” Bunting said. “It is a bit of a shock, because of the nature of a person he was.”
He said that most of the large Garcia family was home at the time of the shooting rampage are devastated and in shock.
He said Eliseo Garcia and his wife had four children, including a daughter who was killed in a car accident a few years ago.
About 30 people saw the shootings and were interviewed by deputies, Youngblood said.