Five people were shot dead by a gunman in Southern California late Wednesday in an attack that police say began as a domestic disturbance.
When asked if this was a mass shooting, the sheriff said "absolutely".
Youngblood said the unidentified gunman entered the business at about 5:30 p.m. local time and confronted another male near the business. Minimally, a handgun was involved, he said.
"It's very unusual to have six people killed in one incident", NBC quoted him as saying.
"Six people lost their lives in a short period of time", Youngblood said.
After that, investigators say the husband went to a home on Breckenridge Road and shot two people inside.
A deputy pulled him over on a highway and confronted the suspect with his gun drawn, Youngblood said.
The woman whose vehicle was taken, and her child, were unharmed. At that point, the man got out of the vehicle and shot himself in the chest. The mother and child, however, managed to escape. "Obviously there's some type of situation that caused the husband to be extremely upset". A victim happened to be in the area and was chased around the building before being shot, Youngblood said.
"The suspect, the husband, shot the person at the trucking company and then turned and shot his wife". The shootings were apparently not random.
Detectives are trying to determine the connections between all the victims and the shooter. "Five victims are deceased, and the suspect is also deceased", he repeated.