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LOS ANGELES — Detectives on Friday were investigating a possible domestic violence motive after a gunman shot and killed his ex-wife and four others before killing himself during a nearly 40-minute rampage in Southern California, authorities said.
Javier Casarez fatally shot himself as a deputy closed in on him after the killings in Bakersfield, about 90 miles north of Los Angeles, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said Thursday.
The article goes on to state the following:
Court records show a divorce between Casarez and Petra Maribel Bolanos de Casarez was finalized earlier this year.
In his petition for divorce filed in December, Cesarez accused Bolanos of cheating and asked the judge for his wife’s text messages to specific phone numbers. The judge denied the request.
Bolanos recently filed for a change involving child support and custody over the couple’s two teenage children, and the pair had a hearing set for Oct. 11, court records show.
Youngblood said it appears that Casarez targeted every victim, starting with a worker at T&T Trucking, and that domestic violence appears to have played a large part.
“It appears to be there’s more than just husband and wife having a fight because other people were targeted,” he said. “There’s a reason for that and we need to find that reason.”
Investigators are looking into whether Casarez’s ex-wife may have had relationships with Contreras or Valadez, the sheriff said.
FOX NEWS ALERT: A man kills 5, including his wife, in a deadly shooting spree in California overnight pic.twitter.com/NxhxpEMR4r
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) September 13, 2018
Breaking overnight: Gunman kills five then takes his own life in California shooting spree pic.twitter.com/ftASNOkLXs
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) September 13, 2018
A gunman in Bakersfield, Calif., went on a killing spree, fatally shooting 5 people before killing himself, the police said https://t.co/hV5WrLFEh5
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 13, 2018
— Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) September 14, 2018
Six people are dead — including the suspect — after a man opened fire at multiple locations in Bakersfield, California https://t.co/EJ628JvYGO
— CNN (@CNN) September 13, 2018
— DailyNewsOnline365 (@DNO365) September 13, 2018
The sheriff in Bakersfield, which has the highest murder rate of any California county, placed the domestic gun violence mass shooting in the national context, calling it, “our new norm.” https://t.co/7aEINbdU23
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) September 14, 2018
— Chris 🇺🇸 (@Chris_1791) September 14, 2018
Our hearts go out to the victims, their families & the entire Bakersfield community in the wake of yesterday’s shooting. Congress has a responsibility to act to prevent gun violence so no other family or community has to endure this unspeakable pain. https://t.co/HyQWRbHfTS
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) September 13, 2018
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