Friday (5 p.m.): Mass killer Javier Casarez learned that divorce proceedings were set to restart after his ex-wife Petra Bolaños asked to reopen the case, days before killing spree. Olivia LaVoice reports once Petra Bolaños realized a finalized divorce left her with virtually nothing, she asked a judge to allow her to properly oppose the divorce ruling. In her own words ,Petra said, “Please do not punish me for my ignorance […] I beg you for justice on behalf of my minor children, myself, and ask for a chance to respond.”
Petra Bolaños’ legal assistant confirmed she was in the middle of an abusive relationship with her husband of 28 years. 17’s Amber Frias spoke with a legal adviser to Petra Bolaños. She sought legal assistance with the judgment reached in her divorce proceedings with Javier Casarez. Bolaños didn’t speak English and didn’t understand the legal language in the documents that had been presented to her prior to her divorce.
Thursday (5 p.m.): Court documents obtained Thursday showed the alleged killer, 54-year-old Javier Casarez, was going through a divorce. Casarez believed his wife was cheating on him. Court filings document arguments between Javier and Petra Maribel Bolanos De Casarez over money and their children. Olivia LaVoice reports Casarez even asked a judge to grant a subpoena to see who his wife was texting.
Emergency scanner traffic shows the deadly shooting spree at multiple locations in Southeast Bakersfield happened within minutes. 17’s Karen Hua reports, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said he believes Javier Casarez’s actions were “very calculated and well-planned.”
Thursday (11:00 a.m.) All victims and the suspected shooter were identified at a news conference hosted by Kern County Sheriff’s Office. The victims have been identified as: Laura Garcia (31), Antonio Valadez (51), Manuel Contreras (50), Eliseo Casarez (57), Petra Maribel Bolanos De Casarez (45). The shooter was identified as Javier Casarez (54). KCSO is working to verify the relationship between the victims and the shooter, according to Sheriff Youngblood.
Sheriff Youngblood also revealed a possible motive in the shooting spree.
During the press conference, Youngblood played body camera video as deputies encountered Javier Casarez. The deputies ordered Casarez to surrender and put down his weapon, before ultimately killing shooting himself in the abdomen and killing himself.
Thursday (9:00 a.m.) Family identified two of the victims killed in the shooting. Kern County Sheriff’s Office will hold a Thursday press conference at 11 a.m. Laura Garcia and her father, Eliseo Casarez were shot at a home on Breckenridge Road. Laura was killed just three days before her 33rd birthday, family tells us. She had four kids. 17News will live stream the event on Facebook.
Thursday (6:00 a.m.) “Our entire community, with one heavy heart, is praying for the victims and their families.” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy responds to last night’s tragic shootings that left five victims and their killer dead.
Judy and I are shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific loss of life in Bakersfield yesterday. Our entire community, with one heavy heart, is praying for the victims and their families.— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) September 13, 2018
What we know
Six people are dead, including the alleged shooter, following a shooting spree in Southeast Bakersfield. There are five crime scenes and at least 30 witnesses, according to officials.
At a press conference Wednesday night, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said it was not clear why the man went on the rampage, but there may be a connection between the shooter and the victims — all described as adults.
“Six people lost their lives in a very short period of time,” said Youngblood. “This is highly unusual.”
Kern County Sheriff’s Office responded to shots fired at a trucking business on Manwell Blvd around 5:20 p.m. Wednesday. According to Sheriff Youngblood, a husband and wife showed up to the business. That’s where Youngblood says the husband confronted a man inside — shot and killed that man, then the husband turned and shot his own wife.
From there, a third person walked into the business. Several rounds were fired. The killer allegedly chased the third person down to Bear Mountain Sports, on Di Miller Drive, where he shot and killed him.
Next, the killer drove to a home on Breckenridge Road where he killed a fourth and fifth person, according to Youngblood.
The suspect then drove to Filmore Street, near Pioneer Drive, where he hijacked a car from a woman and child. The suspect drove to Edison Highway where he was confronted by a KCSO deputy, according to Youngblood. The suspect shot and killed himself.
He was pronounced dead on scene.
Kern County Sheriff’s Office said they will provide additional updates on Thursday.
We have an entire press conference with Youngblood on our Facebook page.