Bakersfield Rampage Gunman, Victims Identified

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BAKERSFIELD — Authorities have identified the gunman and all five victims of a shooting rampage in Bakersfield.

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood says 54-year-old Javier Casarez used a .50-caliber handgun in the shootings Wednesday evening.

Youngblood has also clarified that one of the victims was Casarez’s former wife, 45-year-old Petra Maribel Bolanos De Casarez.

Court documents show their divorce was finalized in April. They had three children.

Casarez shot 50-year-old Manuel Contreras and Casarez’s ex-wife at a trucking company, then pursued 50-year-old Antonio Valadez from that scene and killed him. Casarez then went to a residence and killed 31-year-old Laura Garcia and her father, 57-year-old Eliseo.

Casarez shot himself to death when confronted by a deputy.

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