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Old 09-13-2018, 10:12 AM
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Default Bakersfield: 5 Hispanic victims after Javier Casarez goes on rampage - then shoots self

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Bakersfield shootings: 2 victims identified after gunman goes on rampage in Kern County



9/13/18
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KABC) --
Two of five victims killed in the Bakersfield shootings were identified Thursday after a gunman went on a rampage in Kern County, killing his wife and four others before turning the gun on himself.

Six people were killed in two separate but related shootings on Wednesday. The suspect is among the six fatalities, killing himself after being confronted by a sheriff's deputy, officials said.

Family members told KERO-TV that one of the victims killed was 32-year-old Laura Garcia. Family described Garcia as a loving mother who will be missed by all who knew her. KERO also identified Garcia's father, Eliseo Garcia, as another victim. The station said family members described him as a husband, father and grandfather.

#BREAKING: This is 32-year-old Laura Garcia. She and her father were killed at their family’s home on Breckenridge Road after a gunman killed his wife and two others in southeast Bakersfield.
We’re told she was a loving mother will be missed by all who knew her. @23ABCNews pic.twitter.com/Ba84DHXNzs
— Feven Kay (@Feven_Kay) September 13, 2018

Family shared this photo of Eliseo Garcia, yet another one of the victims killed in Wednesday’s shooting spree in southeast Bakersfield. He was a husband, father and grandfather. The motive behind these murders is still unknown. @23ABCNews pic.twitter.com/xzcxasMgxv
— Feven Kay (@Feven_Kay) September 13, 2018


The incident was first reported around 5:20 p.m. when deputies responded to a trucking business on a report of shots fired.

Apparently a husband and wife showed up at the business and confronted someone there, and the husband shot and killed that person, police said. He then turned and shot and killed his wife, officials said.

Another person then showed up. The husband shot at him and then chased him around the building to the front of Bear Mountain sporting goods store and killed him there.

The husband - the suspect in the shootings - then drove to a residential home on Breckenridge Road, and shot two more people. According to KERO, the two killed at this home were Garcia and her father.

The suspect then went to Fillmore Avenue, where he hijacked a vehicle. A woman and child in the vehicle escaped safely.

The suspect drove down Edison Highway, where a deputy saw the suspect and confronted him. The suspect then shot himself in the chest and died at the scene. The deputy did not fire in the confrontation.

Authorities said the entire shooting took place within 15 minutes.
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Default Re: Bakersfield shootings: 2 Hispanic victims identified after gunman goes on rampage in Kern County

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Javier Cazarez Identified as Bakersfield Gunman

Javier Cazarez has been named as the gunman who shot five people, including his estranged wife, in a mass shooting spread out over multiple locations in Bakersfield, California.

The Sheriff’s Department identified the victims as Manuel Contreras, 50, the first victim; Petra Maribel Bolanos De Casarez, 45, the second victim; Antonio Valadez, 50, the third victim; Laura Garcia, 31, the fourth victim; and Eliseo Garcia, 56, the fifth victim. The Los Angeles Times reported that the motive might involve a “love triangle” between Javier Cazarez, his wife and a co-worker.

Petra was the estranged wife of Cazarez, according to the sheriff, who said they were in the middle of divorce proceedings.

#Identified: 6 Dead In Bakersfield Mass Shooting May Have Stemmed From Domestic Dispute https://t.co/wkBwR6hPA6 pic.twitter.com/5JnqOtgBoQ
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Bakersfield Shooting rampage appears tied to Hispanic gunman's domestic issues

The man who fatally shot five people then turned the gun on himself Wednesday had been divorced four months and was going through court proceedings stemming from the dissolution of his marriage, Sheriff Donny Youngblood said during a press conference Thursday morning.

"Obviously this has indications of a domestic violence case," he said during a press conference Thursday morning in which he played body camera footage that captured the shooter's final moments.

The shooter, identified as Javier Casarez, 54, brought his estranged wife, Petra Maribel Bolanos De Casarez, 45, to a trucking company in southeast Bakersfield at 5:18 p.m.

Casarez confronted and gunned down T&T employee Manuel Contreras, 50, then shot and killed his wife. Casarez chased another person at the business, Antonio Valadez, 50, to the front of Bear Mountain Sports and shot him too, the sheriff said.

Shortly afterward, Casarez went to a house on Breckenridge road and shot dead Laura Garcia, 31, and her father, Eliseo Cazares, 57. The relationship between the shooter and Garcia and Cazares is not yet known, sheriff's officials say.

Garcia may have tried to intervene when she was shot, Youngblood said.

Casarez then carjacked a vehicle with a woman and child inside. He told them something similar to, “I’m not a bad guy,” then let them go and drove off in the vehicle.

A deputy followed Casarez and confronted him when he pulled into a business on Edison Highway. Youngblood said a friend of Casarez worked at the business.

The deputy ordered Casarez to drop his weapon and Casarez said he didn’t want to live. He then shot himself in the stomach, according to Youngblood.

Casarez used a Smith & Wesson Model 500 handgun in the shootings. It's a .50-caliber gun and is one of the largest caliber handguns on the market, the sheriff said.

Smith & Wesson's website describes the weapon as the "most powerful production revolver in the world."

The entire series of events took place within the span of about 30 minutes.

Youngblood said Casarez’s handgun only held five shots so “he obviously had to reload." He said it appeared Casarez targeted each of his victims and didn't choose them at random.

The sheriff noted Casarez left the woman and child leave the carjacked vehicle unharmed.
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