6 people are dead after shooting spree in California

Gunman kills five people in a series of shootings in California in US

There was no immediate word on what sparked the shootings that took place at a home and a business in Bakersfield, southern California, which is some 145 kilometres north of Los Angeles.

Casarez likely took his ex-wife to the trucking company against her will and then fatally shot 50-year-old Manuel Contreras with a.50-caliber handgun, authorities said.

The man then shot and killed himself. "The suspect noticed the deputy pulled into the business, and then shot himself", said Lt King. Cazarez shot the victim before shooting his wife.

He resisted deputies' repeated demands that he drop the weapon as the police sirens wailing in the background add to the tense moments.

Asked if this was a mass shooting, the sheriff said "absolutely". Casarez appears to have known that household, the sheriff said.

Another male then fled from the building, and the gunman gave chase, getting into his vehicle and driving to the front of a nearby hunting equipment shop.

Casarez then commandeered a vehicle from a woman, taking the auto without harming her or a child who was with her, Youngblood said.

He said the shooter, identified as Javier Casarez, 54, was in divorce proceedings and his wife had recently filed legal papers related to child support and property.

Police recovered a pistol at the scene.

"This is the new normal", Youngblood said at a press conference.

Afterwards, Cazares drove to a home less than two miles away on Breckenridge Road and fatally shot Eliseo Cazares, and his daughter, Laura Garcia, according to investigators.

More than 30 people were reportedly interviewed during the initial investigation, and five search warrants were served. He said he emerged from his business in time to see the suspect running away.

Along the way, the suspect stole a vehicle from a woman and her child but let them live, Youngblood said.

"We need to find out where this started...obviously these are not random shootings".

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