BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) – Sunday night, before the sun even set, a 14-year-old was shot twice in a parking lot in South Bakersfield. Police said he was accidentally shot and raised many questions. Right now, police say this crime is so fresh that their investigative department is still trying to piece the pieces together.
The boy appeared to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, according to the Bakersfield Police Department. That place was a parking lot in front of a restaurant off White Lane and H Street around 6pm on Sunday night.
“That’s all I have now, but I know investigators are actively investigating this,” said Kelsey Brackett, community relations specialist for the Bakersfield Police Department.
According to Brackett, a suspect shot a group of people standing in a parking lot. According to BPD, the fourteen-year-old was not part of this group and appeared to be beaten by accident. The teenager was rushed to a local hospital with moderate injuries.
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“It’s very unfortunate. We are currently facing crimes in which people, innocent bystanders, as it appears the fourteen-year-old was in this case, are being injured. Unintentionally shot at,” Brackett continued. “I can only warmly recommend people to always remain vigilant, of course, and always be on their guard.”
BPD said the suspect exited the scene in a dark vehicle on White Lane heading west. Little is known about the suspect at this time and no arrests have been made.
“If anyone has information on this case please call 661-327-7111. They can call with the full description of what you might have seen and heard,” Brackett said.
The Bakersfield Police Department told 23ABC that they have responded to 63 reports per quarter mile around the 2000 block of White Lane since Jan. 1. Most of these related to car theft, catalytic converter theft or break-ins. BPD added that 3 of these firearm-related calls were accounted for (2 possession, 1 shot). There were 32 daylight shootings across Bakersfield this year.
23ABC spoke to companies in the area and none of them could provide any information about the shooting or had surveillance footage from the parking lot to share.
“It is up to the company whether this is the case [incident] would set a new trend for her. I know most companies are monitored, if not for the general purpose, but to protect themselves, “Brackett continued.” We always recommend doing this when conducting security inspections for businesses or homeowners. Video surveillance is an extremely useful tool for law enforcement. “
Bakersfield residents reported the incident on the 23ABC Facebook page. One viewer said in part, “You really need to find these people. In the last week I heard of three children who were shot with guns.”
Another viewer said: “There was something like that at Brundage yesterday. Does a Rando drive around and shoot people hanging out in parking lots?”
23ABC We also spoke to buyers in the area who weren’t ready to go on camera. Neither of them had heard of the shootings before speaking to us.