A terrible news story has just unfolded in Southern California. Multiple people are now confirmed dead after an armed gunman stormed several locations.
"Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said at a news conference that officers responded to calls of a shooting at a trucking business just after 5 p.m. local time. Authorities say that a husband and wife had a confrontation with a man at the business when the husband shot and killed him. He then fatally shot his wife, Youngblood said. Another person arrived and the suspect fatally shot him after a short foot chase," according to reports.
Shortly after the shootings, the gunman alleged fled the scene. He ran into a nearby house and fatally shot two people inside. He then proceeded to hijack a passing vehicle. A woman and child, who were in the car, were able to escape with their lives.
"USA TODAY reports that the suspect got out of the vehicle with a large-caliber handgun but before he could be arrested, he turned the gun on himself and shot himself in the chest. Youngblood told reporters that 10 to 15 minutes elapsed from the first shooting until the gunman killed himself, KBAK-TV reports. "Six people lost their lives in a very short period of time. This is highly unusual," he said.
Investigators are currently working to put together the missing pieces in the case and determine the gunman's motive for the killing spree. Please join us in praying for God's loving mercy to come down upon all those involved with this deadly incident.
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