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Victims identified after gunman kills six, including self, in California mass shooting

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A father and daughter gunned down during a mass shooting in California that left a total of six people dead have been identified.

Laura Garcia, 32, and her father Eliseo Garcia were among those killed when suspected shooter Javier Casarez unleashed a round of gunfire in their Bakersfield home Wednesday evening, family members confirmed to KGNET. Laura was just days away from her 33rd birthday and leaves behind three children.

Antonio Valdez, 50-year-old Manuel Contreras, and 45 year-old Petra Maribel were also killed in the attack, which lasted no longer than 15 minutes, Sheriff Danny Youngblood said during an afternoon news briefing Thursday.

The gunfire kicked off around 5 p.m. at a trucking shop Wednesday night, where police said the gunman confronted a man inside. He shot and killed the man at the shop before turning to his wife and fatally shooting her as well.

The suspect also chased a witness down the street and killed him as well. He then fled to the house where Laura and Eliseo Garcia were killed before hijacking a nearby vehicle with a woman and child inside.

As authorities closed in on his location, the gunman turned the weapon on himself.

Investigators have not released an official motive but said Thursday that “there’s a strong indication” that domestic violence was a factor in the deadly shooting. Bakersfield, Calif. gunman kills 5 and self © Provided by The Associated Press Bakersfield, Calif. gunman kills 5 and self

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