Green Card Holder Goes On Mass Shooting Spree, Murders 5 People, Police Say
A green card holder in the state of California allegedly went on a mass shooting spree on Wednesday, murdering five people before turning the gun on himself after being confronted by law enforcement.
Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood identified the suspect as a 54-year-old Hispanic male and stated that he used a .50-caliber handgun to murder his victims. ABC News reports:
Investigators believe that [the suspect], a legal, permanent resident of the United States, may have forced his wife to come with him to the trucking shop to confront people there, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said in a press conference Thursday, calling the shooting spree "very calculated."
Youngblood noted that the shooting appeared to be calculated, saying, "The way this went down, it appeared that this was well-planned."
When a person is considered a "permanent resident" that means they are a foreign national — not a U.S. citizen — and that they have a green card, which allows them to work in the United States.
A person's green card can be revoked for a variety of reasons and they can be deported if they commit crimes in the U.S.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the shooting "may have been triggered by a love triangle involving the shooter, his estranged wife and a coworker," as the suspect was reportedly in the process of going through a divorce with his estranged wife.
The suspect killed his wife and another man at a trucking facility and then killed another man who showed up and then fled the scene.
After killing those three people, the suspect went to a residence where he killed a man and his 32-year-old daughter.
The suspect then hijacked a vehicle — allowing the driver and her child to escape — before he was confronted by police and ultimately committed suicide.
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