An unidentified gunman shot and killed five people in a series of shootings on Wednesday in southern California before taking his own life, police said.
The man killed his wife and a man at a trucking company in Bakersfield, California, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said.
He then killed another man nearby the company and two people later at a residence. He commandeered a vehicle before he killed himself when he was confronted by a sheriff's deputy, Youngblood said.
“This is the new normal” - Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood on Southeast Bakersfield five-scene shootings that left six dead, including gunman. More tonight on @KGETnews at 11 pm. pic.twitter.com/DVkU5Q5tzo— Eytan Wallace (@EytanWallace) September 13, 2018
Authorities were working to determine “why this started and why so many players involved and the connection because obviously these are not random shootings,” Youngblood said. Youngblood did not disclose the identities of the victims.
The woman whose vehicle was taken, and her child, were unharmed, he said. Police recovered a pistol at the scene, Youngblood said.
“This is the new normal,” said Youngblood. He said the officer who confronted the suspect wore a body camera, but the footage has not been released. It was the latest chapter of America’s epidemic of gun violence.
Americans make up only four percent of the global population but they own 40 percent of the world’s firearms, according to a recent study published by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.
Of the 857 million guns owned by civilians, 393 million are in the United States -- more than all of the firearms held by ordinary citizens in the other top 25 countries combined, according to the Small Arms Survey.
According to Gun Violence Archive, the mass shooting in Bakersfield is the third deadliest in the United States this year after a shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead and one at a school in Santa Fe, Texas, in May that left 10 people dead.
(With AFP inputs)