Authorities say a man who killed five people, including his wife, in Bakersfield, California, was in the midst of divorce proceedings.

The gunman used a five-shot .50-caliber handgun that had to be reloaded during about half-hour of violence at several locations Wednesday evening.

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said Thursday that gunman’s the estranged wife had recently filed for an unspecified change in orders involving child support and property.

Youngblood says it’s not known if that was the catalyst for the violence. But he says it carries the implications of domestic violence.

The sheriff says authorities are investigating how the other victims were involved.

The shooting started at a trucking company where the gunman shot a man and then his wife.

The gunman then went to a home where he shot a man and daughter.

He then carjacked a vehicle, let a woman and child get out and drove off. The gunman shot himself in the stomach when he was confronted by a deputy.

Source: National News Agency