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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A gunman went on a rampage in Kern County, California, killing his wife and four other people before shooting himself to death, authorities said.

Officials provided no immediate details Thursday morning on what prompted the shootings Wednesday evening at a home and a trucking company in Bakersfield, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) north of Los Angeles.

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood told reporters the shootings were not random.

“Obviously, there is some type of situation that caused the husband to be extremely upset,” he said.

He added: “I’m pretty comfortable (saying) there will be a connection between all these players,” he added.

Authorities say a husband and wife had a confrontation with a man at the business when the husband shot and killed him.

The husband then fatally shot his wife, according to Youngblood. Another subject arrived on the scene and after a short foot chase the gunman shot and killed him.

“The suspect, the husband, shot the person at the trucking company and then turned and shot his wife” and then chased and shot another man who showed up, Youngblood said.

The gunman then went to a home where he shot and killed a man and a woman, the sheriff said.

He then carjacked a woman who was driving her child. The woman and child escaped and the man drove to a highway where a sheriff’s deputy saw him, Youngblood said.

The gunman saw the deputy and pulled into a parking lot. When the deputy confronted him at gunpoint, the man shot himself in the chest, the sheriff said.

The man’s identity was not immediately made public.

Except for the gunman’s wife, officials provided no details on how the victims might have been related.

About 30 people saw the shootings and were being interviewed by deputies, Youngblood said.

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