In ‘new normal’ shooting incident, gunman kills five in California before shooting self

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]n unidentified gunman shot and killed five people 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 told a news conference. He then chased another man from the trucking company before he shot and killed him in front of a nearby sports store.

The gunman later killed two men at a residence, and then seized a woman’s vehicle before he killed himself when confronted by a sheriff’s deputy, informed Youngblood. The entire incident took place in 10 to 15 minutes, he said.

“This is the new normal, if you look across the country,” Youngblood said, describing the incident as a mass shooting. “Six people lost their lives in a very short period of time.”

Youngblood said that authorities were working to determine why the incident happened and why so many people were involved and their connection, “because obviously these are not random shootings.”

Police recovered a pistol at the scene, while the authorities were interviewing about 30 witnesses, Youngblood said.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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