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Lori Todd, right, watches as police swarm an Oildale neighborhood where her brother was shot to death Friday morning. "Somebody shot my brother,” she said. “My brother is dead.”

A man who killed his uncle Friday ended his own life several miles from the crime scene a few hours later. But sheriff's deputies, unaware the suspect was dead, hunkered down for a seven-hour standoff outside a house in Oildale where they believed the killer was barricaded, and later issued an all-points bulletin that he had escaped.

Instead, Christopher Gray, 30, had died long before deputies had stormed the home, discovering it was empty. He headed to a Walmart on Rosedale Highway at about 11:15 a.m. and was reported for shoplifting. When Bakersfield Police Department officers

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