A California husband who fatally shot five people, including his ex-wife, in a deadly attack believed he had been cheating, according to the divorce documents.
Javier Casarez, 54, opened fire Wednesday night at a transport company in East Bakersfield, killing his former Petra Maribel Bolaños De Casarez and two workers identified as Antonio Valdez and Manuel Contreras.
Casarez filed for Bolanos 'divorce last year because he thought she was cheating him, reports ABC 23. Casarez asked the judge to give him access to Bolaños' text messages, but the request was denied.
The divorce was finalized in June, but they had to return to court after Bolaños presented a change not specified in the orders related to child support and property.
The gunman Javier Casarez (left) and his ex-wife Petra Maribel Bolaños De Casarez (right) divorced months before he shot him fatally
Antonio Valadez, 50, was the third man killed in the deadly attack on Wednesday
Laura Garcia, 32, and her father, Eliseo Cazares, 57, were gunned down in their home on Wednesday by gunman Javier Casarez.
The couple had three children together. A GoFundMe set up to help with funeral expenses said they left behind a total of six children.
County Sheriff Donny Youngblood told a news conference that the uproar started on Wednesday around 5.15pm when Casarez, accompanied by his ex-wife, went to T & T Trucking in East Bakersfield, California.
Police said Casarez could have forced his 45-year-old ex-wife to accompany him to a truck business.
"When they got there they confronted a T & T Trucking employee by the name of Antonio Valdez, and the husband took out a large-caliber pistol and shot him dead, then he gave the gun to his wife and shot him," Youngblood said. .
A third person, Contreras, witnessed the shooting and fled when Casarez shot him.
Youngblood said Casarez got into his vehicle and drove to find Contreras, 50, at a sporting goods store. Then he opened fire, firing and killing the man.
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The Bodycam video taken by police shows the dramatic moment when an armed man who killed five people in an attack in central California on Wednesday took his 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.
The gunman is seen aiming at the gun while a policeman shouts at him to release it. He fired a single shot to his stomach
Police said that after killing Contreras, Casarez returned to his car and drove to a residence where he shot 32-year-old Laura Garcia and her 57-year-old father, Eliseo Cazares.
"We believe that (Laura) could have tried to intervene to prevent the suspect from approaching his father and shot and killed both of them," Youngblood said.
According to the police, Casarez went to another address where he kidnapped a mother with her baby. He reportedly told the woman that he was not a bad person before leaving the area and driving to the parking lot of a store where he was confronted by the police.
The police are still investigating the reason for the shooting. Casarez, 54, is shown in the photo above.
Casarez was fatally shot and the officers shouted at him to drop his weapon.
Officials believe the uproar was triggered by an incident of domestic violence, but they do not know specifically what discouraged him.
Youngblood said Thursday that detectives were investigating whether Bolanos could have been in relationships with Contreras or Valdez.
"It looks like the suspect attacked each of his victims," Youngblood said.
After killing his victims, Casarez was confronted by officers in the parking lot of a store where he shot himself in the stomach. His fatal shooting was trapped in the body camera of the police, which was launched on Thursday.
The video shows the Kern County sheriff's deputies pointing their automatic rifles at Casarez while standing near a white SUV in what appeared to be a parking lot in Bakersfield.
As the deputy approaches Casarez, the policeman shouts: "Put down the gun!"
Casarez is heard saying something to the deputy, although it is not clear what he said.
The body of Antonio Valadez, 50, lies under a sheet outside Bear Mountain Sports, where he was shot
The party began at 17:17 at the trucking company (1) where the gunman opened fire, killing his ex-wife
He resisted the repeated demands of the deputies to drop the weapon while the sirens of the police who moaned in the background added to the tense moments.
Casarez then stops talking to the deputies and moves his body away from them, showing only his back.
At that moment, Casarez takes his gun and shoots himself in the stomach, falling to the ground after pulling the trigger.
The deputy and his companion approach Casarez while he is lying on the ground.
The agent using the body camera checks the SUV, which has one of its doors open, while the other deputy watches over Casarez.
The video was released hours after the five victims involved in the horrific mass shooting were identified.
Garcia had several small children. His family paid tribute to him on social media on Thursday.
& # 39; If everyone can keep my cousins in their prayers, I would really appreciate it!
& # 39; People are so cruel and you did not deserve this! & # 39; her cousin Alondra Ortega said.
Youngblood said the mass shooting had become "the new normal" throughout the country.
& # 39; Six people lost their lives in a very short time. This is the new normality.