A man went on a shooting rampage in Bakersfield, Ca., 90 miles north of Los Angeles, on Wednesday evening, killing his wife and four others before turning the gun on himself, USA Today reports. Lt. Mark King of the Kern County Sheriff’s Office said “there’s a strong indication” it was a case of domestic violence. Gunshots rang out after 5 p.m. when dispatchers received multiple calls about a shooting. Arriving deputies found three victims, but the gunman had fled.
Fifteen minutes later, more calls came in about a shooter in another location. There, two more victims were found — and again the suspect was gone. At 5:49 p.m., a woman said she was a carjacking victim and was able to provide a description of her vehicle. Five minutes later, a deputy saw the vehicle being driven by a man who fit the description of the suspect. Deputies pulled over the car, the suspect got out of the vehicle toting a large-caliber handgun. Before he could be arrested, he turned the gun on himself and pulled the trigger. Among the dead were the suspect’s wife and another woman, King said. Other than the wife, he was unaware of the relationship between the victims and the suspect.