BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Residents in central Bakersfield told 23ABC they are too familiar with shootings like the one that took place Friday night, leaving three teenagers injured.
"I was told that my cousin was shot in a drive by shooting," said a relative of one of the teenagers. "Young ones, you know, youngsters - those are the ones getting hit nowadays."
Police told 23ABC 18-year-old Antonio Castro, and both a 16-year-old and 15-year-old were shot Friday night, near 2nd Street and Donna Avenue.
Residents in the area say this is becoming too regular and fear for their loved ones' lives.
"It would be nice if the police department, sheriff's department could do something," said Lydia Rodriguez, who has lived in the neighborhood for 13 years. "It's too dangerous."
Rolando Flores, Lydia's husband, also fears the problem is not going anywhere and could further affect the kids in the community.
"A lot of little kids go walking to school and stuff," Flores said. "I just want it back to the way it used to be -- just calm, that's it."
The gunshots Friday night even damaged their family car with several bullet holes, including five bullet holes on the side of their home from a previous shooting.
"You would think it's a real nice neighborhood, there's nice houses and everything, but wherever there's just a little bit of bad element you know things is gonna happen."
Although neighbors believe the shooting was gang related, detectives have yet to confirm it.
For now they ask anyone with information to give them a call.
Follow reporter John Genovese on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1jhWFCr
Early bird shoppers skip turkey for the sales
Early Black Friday deals are here and shoppers have waited weeks for Thanksgiving Day, as retail stores roll out those specials.
Shoppers prepare for early Black Friday deals
Hundreds of shoppers gathered outside of Best Buy in Bakersfield, waiting for all those early Black Friday deals.
Love For Thanksgiving feeds over 64,000 people
Love for Thanksgiving is the largest single feeding event in Kern County, and many would say it is one of the largest in the country.
Mission expected to feed nearly 500 people today
Volunteers with the Mission at Kern County are prepping to feed nearly 500 people this Thanksgiving.