Male victim died in hospital after shooting, BPD looking for answers

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Bakersfield Police Department is asking for the community’s assistance and witnesses to come forward to provide information related to a shooting that occurred.

Officers responded to a local area hospital for the victim of a gunshot Saturday at about 2:17 a.m., officials said.

The victim, identified as Roberto Cortes, 24, had been transported to the hospital by private means. The victim was taken into surgery and later died, officials said.

The Kern County Sheriff's Office officials said the location of the incident was the 200 block of East 18th Street. 

The investigation is ongoing. An autopsy will be scheduled for Cortes.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111 or Detective J. Finney at (661) 326-3535.

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