Man goes on shooting spree in Ridgecrest, Calif.

RIDGECREST, Calif. - Authorities say a homicide suspect has been killed by police on a Mojave Desert highway after a lengthy pursuit in which the man fired at vehicles and two hostages in his car trunk.

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood says the suspect called Ridgecrest police early Friday and said he wanted to come to the department and shoot officers but because police had too many guns he would wreak havoc elsewhere.

During a subsequent car chase, the suspect's trunk popped open and revealed a man and woman inside. At the end, the man began shooting into the trunk and officers opened fire on him. The hostages were flown to a hospital.

At the original Ridgecrest crime scene, a woman was found dead and a man was wounded.

Schools in Ridgecrest were placed on lockdown as a precaution but were later reopened.
 
The city of about 27,000 people is 150 miles north of Los Angeles.

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