Court documents show suspect involved in shooting at Red Zone shot victim after argument

Coroner identifies man shot as Chris Rodriguez
Posted at 3:24 AM, Jan 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-25 01:16:18-05

(UPDATE 1/24, 10:15 p.m.) Court documents obtained by 23ABC show that Luis Pineda was involved in an argument in the parking lot of Red Zone. After the argument, Pineda went to his vehicle, got a firearm and shot the victim. He then fled from the scene.

The victim was transported to the hospital where he died from his injuries. Pineda was identified as the suspect by witnesses.

Pineda was found at his residence and a firearm, believed to be the murder weapon, was found in the front yard of his house.

The document describes Pineda as a 25-year-old white male, approximately 260 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes.


The Bakersfield Police Department arrested 25-year-old Luis Pineda for the deadly shooting at Red Zone Sports Bar & Grill. Pineda has been booked into the Kern County Jail for murder.


(UPDATE 10:30 a.m.) The coroner identified the victim from Sunday morning's shooting as 32-year-old Christopher Rodriguez.


(UPDATE 7:59 a.m.) Bakersfield Police say when they first arrived at the scene they located a man who was suffering from a gunshot wound. While medical aid was rendered they learned details about the suspect and the suspect vehicle, which included a license plate.

Officers drove to the residence in Lamont that came up when they ran the plate. When they got there they located the suspect, suspect vehicle and a handgun in the front yard. 

Ammo in the suspect vehicle matched casings found at the scene of the shooting.

The investigation is still ongoing.


(UPDATE 3:30 a.m.): Bakersfield Police have confirmed that the victim who was shot has now died from their injures. The shooting is now being investigated as a homicide. 


Bakersfield Police are investigating a shooting at the Red Zone Sports Bar & Grill on Panama Lane that left one person suffering from major injures early Sunday morning. 

Early reports show just before 2:00 a.m., BPD was called to the area near Panama Lane and Wible Road for reports of shots fired. When they arrived they found a man suffering from several gunshot wounds to the chest outside the business. He was transported to the hospital; there is no word on his current condition. 

BPD has not confirmed if they are searching for a gunman or if any arrests have been made. 

As of 3:20 a.m., BPD was still on scene investigating the shooting. 

We will continue to update this story as more information is made available.