Gunman kills five, then himself, in California

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Six people are dead - including the suspect - after a man opened fire at multiple locations in Bakersfield, California, on Wednesday, a local sheriff said.

The Kern County Sheriff's Office says a husband and wife went into a trucking business and confronted a man inside.

The gunman then trained the weapon on his wife, fatally shooting her inside the business as well.

He said the gunman then went to a home where he shot two people.

The sixth killing occurred when the suspect eventually turned on himself with a gunshot to his chest as deputies closed in to confront him at a parking lot.

The identity of the suspect and victims has yet to be released. The child and woman were not killed.

Investigators are questioning around 30 witnesses in the case.

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The woman and child escaped and the man drove off before a sheriff's deputy saw him, Mr Youngblood said.

A deputy pulled him over on a highway and confronted the suspect with his gun drawn, Youngblood said.

"Obviously, these are not random shootings", said Youngblood, but could not elaborate on the possible motive of the attacker.

The sheriff described the incident as a "mass shooting, adding: "Six people lost their lives in a very short period of time".

Youngblood said detectives believe the store is not connected to the spree.

"There was some type of situation that caused the husband to be extremely upset", he said. "Five victims are deceased, and the suspect is also deceased", he repeated.

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