Bakersfield, California Shooting
When: September 12, 2018
Location: Bakersfield, California (T&T Trucking)
Attacker: Javier Casarez, 54
Victims: 5 dead
Weapon(s): 5 shot, .50 caliber handgun (one of the most powerful handguns made)
Type of attacker: Hate (apparent revenge)
Shortly after 5:00 pm on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, Javier Casarez and divorced wife of 4 months arrived at an East Bakersfield, California trucking company. Casarez, using his powerful .50 caliber, five shot handgun, immediately confronted a male, shot and killed him, then turned the gun on his ex-wife and killed her. He then chased down a second male and shot and killed him in front of a nearby gun shop. He then fled on foot to a nearby neighborhood and shot and killed a woman of four children and her Father. Fleeing again, he carjacked a vehicle with a mother and child inside. However, the mother and child were able to escape without injury. As he approached the highway, he was confronted by deputies. He then killed himself using the same weapon.
Casarez had filed for divorce the preceding year accusing his wife of being unfaithful to him. At that time, he had asked the judge to release her cell phone and text messages. The judge refused. According to law enforcement officers, the shooting appeared to be very well planned. On arrival to the T&T Trucking location he immediately confronted a man and killed him before killing his wife. It was not certain as to what specific incident may have triggered the attack, but personal revenge appears to have been the motive.