Video released by officials on Thursday shows a deputy confronting a man accused of fatally shooting five people in Bakersfield before taking his own life.
The rampage, which started at T&T Trucking just after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, happened in a span of less than 40 minutes, according to the Kern County Sheriff's Office.
Javier Casarez, 54, showed up at the trucking business with his ex-wife, Petra Maribel Bolaños De Casarez, and used a .50-caliber handgun to shoot an employee before turning the firearm on his former partner, Sheriff Donny Youngblood told reporters at a news conference on Thursday.
The gunman then allegedly opened fire at another man, who started fleeing.
Casarez got into his car and chased him, killing him a short distance away at Bear Mountain Sports, Youngblood said.
Youngblood identified those two male victims as Antonio Valadez and Manuel Contreras. While the sheriff initially said the gunman killed Valadez first, he later confirmed that the assailant shot Contreras before Valadez, according to CNN and the Los Angeles Times.
Afterwards, Casarez drove to a home less than two miles away on Breckenridge Road and fatally shot Eliseo Casarez, and his daughter, Laura Garcia, according to investigators.
The gunman then allegedly carjacked a woman and her child. He took the vehicle and drove to Edison Highway and pulled into a business owned by his friend, Youngblood said.
A deputy who had spotted the suspect confronted him there, an encounter captured on body camera video.
In the footage, the officer asks him to put down his gun several times before the man appears to shoot himself and drops to the ground.
According to the Sheriff's Department, Casarez had been divorced from his ex-wife for four months. However, court records show that their divorce was finalized in April, the L.A. Times reported.
The woman had just filed for a hearing concerning child support and property values, Youngblood said.
Although the gunman's motive remained under investigation, the sheriff said that the incident had "implications of domestic violence."
He added that it's possible Casarez had forced his ex-wife to go to T&T Trucking.
A witness told the Los Angeles Times that the gunman worked at the company and suspected that De Casarez had been involved with one of his coworkers.
At Thursday's news conference, Youngblood described the incident as part of a nationwide trend.
“This is the new normal if you look across the country at these types of shootings,” Youngblood said.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy addressed the incident in a tweet, saying he and his wife were "shocked and deeply saddened" and that the community was "praying for the victims and their families."