Video shows Bakersfield gunman shoot himself in the stomach after killing five others in rampage

Mail Online | 9/14/2018 | Jennifer Smith;Ariel Zilber For;Associated Press;Reuters
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Bodycam video taken by police shows the dramatic moment that a gunman who killed five people on a rampage in central California on Wednesday took his own life.

The video shows Kern County Sheriff’s deputies pointing their automatic rifles at Javier Casarez as he stood near a white SUV in what appeared to be a parking lot in Bakersfield on Wednesday.

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Casarez is heard saying something to the deputy, though it is unclear what it was he said.

He resisted deputies’ repeated demands that he drop the weapon as the police sirens wailing in the background add to the tense moments.



Casarez then stops talking to the deputies and turns his body away from them, showing only his back.

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At that point, Casarez takes his gun and shoots himself in the stomach, crumpling to the ground after he pulls the trigger.

The deputy and his partner then approach Casarez as he lies on the ground.

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The deputy wearing the bodycam checks the SUV, which has one of its doors open, while the other deputy keeps an eye on Casarez.

The video was released hours after the five victims involved in the horrifying mass shooting were identified.

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Casarez, 54, who first shot his ex-wife, Petra, 45, and 50-year-old Manuel Contreras at T&T Trucking at 5.17pm using a Smith & Wesson 500.

Authorities later said that Casarez and his wife were recently divorced.

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He may have forced his ex-wife to accompany him to a trucking business before shooting her and other victims, authorities said on Thursday.

Authorities also believe that Casarez planned the shootings in advance.

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'The way this went down, it appeared that this was well-planned,' Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood told...
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