Bakersfield Rampage Gunman, Victims Identified

The man shot dead his wife and four men in Bakersfield in Southern California. Source ReutersMore

A gunman in the USA killed five people, including his wife, before turning the gun on himself as police closed in.

The tragedy unfolded after Casarez arrived at a trucking company in southeast Bakersfield at around 5:18 pm, accompanied by his wife, Petra Casarez, Youngblood said. The identities of the attacker and the victims have not been made public yet.

At a nearby home, two people were killed.

Javier Casarez then carjacked a vehicle and drove to a friend's business where a deputy confronted him.

Asked if this qualified as a mass shooting, Youngblood said "absolutely", according to The Bakersfield Californian.

The gunman saw the deputy and pulled into a parking lot. There, Casarez confronted, shot and killed 50-year-old Manuel Contreras and Casarez's ex-wife, according to the sheriff.

- Gigi Graciette (@GigiGraciette) September 13, 2018Javier Casarez Bakersfield shooter, 'I'm not a bad person'.

Along the way, the suspect stole a vehicle from a woman and her child but let them live, Youngblood said. It is unclear if some of the victims were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The gunman and his ex-wife had been divorced four months, and she had just filed for a new hearing regarding child support and property values, Youngblood said Thursday.

A deputy who had spotted the suspect confronted him there, an encounter captured on body camera video.

He said Eliseo Garcia Cazares and his wife had four grown children, including a daughter who was killed in a auto accident a few years ago.

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", Youngblood said.

His next stop was at a nearby house, where he killed a man and the victim's adult daughter, who may have tried to protect her father, Youngblood said.

More than 30 people were reportedly interviewed during the initial investigation, and five search warrants were served.

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