Bakersfield Shooting

Joshua Case, Contributor

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An all too familiar cry fell on the ear of the American people on September 13, 2018. On that day, Javier Casarez went on a mass shooting streak that killed five people. The people who were lost in this tragic accident were: Manuel Contreras, Petra Maribel Bolanos de Javier Casarez, Antonio Valadez, Eliseo Casarez, and Eliseo’s daughter, Laura Garcia. Along with all of those fatalities, Javier made the decision to add himself to the numbers on the death toll. With all of this death, there were also two surviving witnesses who interacted with Javier when he carjacked them. The two witnesses were a mother and a daughter. The mother convinced Casarez to let them exit the car and they would give him the car. They exited the car, unharmed by Javier. Minutes after the carjacking, the police found the stolen vehicle with Javier still inside of it. According to NBC News, when the police approached the vehicle, “A deputy was heard in a bodycam commanding Casarez to ‘put down the gun’ before Casarez shot himself in the stomach” (NBC News).

The reasons for Javier going on this shooting spree was still unclear to the police as of Thursday (NBC News). Theories are going around about why he did this unspeakable act. One theory is that he and his estranged wife, Petra Maribel Bolanos de Javier Casarez, who was one of those killed, were feuding over property and child support issues. Another prominent theory is they were having struggles over the trucking business that Javier for Petra into. While there are theories of why he killed his estranged wife, there are no theories of why he continued to kill after she was dead.

Sheriff Donny Youngblood remarked about the shooting, “This is the new normal” ( NBC News).  He clarified what he meant by this statement with the statement, “People taking hand guns and shooting people with more than one victim at a time. … It’s something I hope we don’t become immune to” (NBC News).  As shootings become a more common thing that happens nearly every week, Sheriff Youngblood’s hope to not become immune to it is a valid one. Mass shootings have nearly doubled in the years since 2004. In the year 2018 alone, there have been a total of 154 mass shootings with 247 innocent people killed.  One possibility of why the number of mass shootings is growing each year is the pressure put on us by society, or another possibility could be because of the mental state of the people involved. Stress, anxiety, peer pressure, television shows, video games, and other things that promote violence could be one of the leading causes in the reason why they are becoming more frequent in today’s society.

 

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/six-including-gunman-dead-california-shooting-spree-n909111

https://www.google.com/search?ei=DeijW-n4KtGt0PEP_vGBmA4&q=how+many+mass+shootings+fatalities+in+2018&oq=how+many+mass+shootings+fatalityies+in+2018&gs_l=psy-ab.1.0.33i10.30

 

 

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