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Sheriff: Domestic violence possibly a factor in Calif. rampage that killed 5

Kern County sheriff's Lt. Mark King said there are "strong indications" of a domestic violence motive in the incident


Associated Press

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Domestic violence is being investigated as a motive in a rampage by a man who fatally shot five people, including his wife, before killing himself in Bakersfield, California.

Kern County sheriff's Lt. Mark King says Thursday there are "strong indications" of a domestic violence motive in the Wednesday evening rampage. But he says that was still being verified and did not release further details.

A crowd gathers near a location where a gunman opened fire, killing several people, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Bakersfield, Calif. A gunman killed five people, including his wife, before turning the gun on himself, authorities said. (Felix Adamo/The Bakersfield Californian via AP)
A crowd gathers near a location where a gunman opened fire, killing several people, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Bakersfield, Calif. A gunman killed five people, including his wife, before turning the gun on himself, authorities said. (Felix Adamo/The Bakersfield Californian via AP)

King says positive identifications of the dead will come from the coroner's office.

King says he expects more information to be released later in the day.

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