Laura Garcia, 32, was one of five people killed by an as yet unnamed gunman in Bakersfield, California, on Wednesday. He then killed his wife, authorities say. When confronted, he turned the gun on himself and killed himself, reported WP TV.
The rampage started when the suspect and his wife entered a trucking business near a gun shop at around 8 p.m. and opened fire on a man inside - killing him, according to The Bakersfield Californian.
A third male entered the trucking company building. The suspect missed on the first shot but chased down the employee and killed him, according to reports.
Investigators say the gunman later drove to a home, where he killed two other people. But the mother and child managed to escape.
After the massacre, a sheriff's deputy spotted the suspect driving on Edison Highway.
The gunman saw the deputy and pulled into a parking lot.
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According to police, the shooter killed himself when confronted by a deputy. The sheriff did not release the ages of any of the victims as they are still trying to notify next of kin. He said he emerged from his business in time to see the suspect running away.
California has universal background checks, gun registration requirements, gun confiscation laws, a 10-day waiting period on gun purchases, a requirement that residents obtain a firearm safety certificate from the state before buying a gun, and a one-handgun-a-month purchase limit. "But at this point, I'm pretty comfortable (saying) there will be a connection between all these players".
Authorities are interviewing at least 30 witnesses and processing multiple crime scenes as they try to determine a motive for the shooting.
Youngblood told media he could not recall a similar case of this magnitude.
Six people died in a short amount of time, he added.