Two killed in early morning South Bakersfield shooting

BPD: "Crime scene is extensive"
Posted at 1:54 AM, Jan 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-08 13:16:13-05

UPDATE (Jan. 6 -- 9:48 a.m.) The Bakersfield Police Department released information from this incident that stated that one of the victims was in his 40's and the other in his 50's. 

The male in his 40's was Charles Tomlin, identified by family members. He was transported to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The male in his 50's was the victim who was found by officers in the driver's seat of a car just north of the lounge. 


UPDATE (Jan. 6 -- 7:30 a.m.) The family of one of the victims has identified him as Charles Tomlin. He passed away at the hospital.


UPDATE: (Jan. 6 -- 5:30 a.m.) Bakersfield Police say they responded to a call for shots fired just after 1:00 A.M. Saturday morning near Westfair Lounge on Wible Road near Wilson Road. Officer found a man suffering from gunshot wounds in front of the bar. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

A short time later, BPD responded to a car crash just a few blocks north of the lounge near Wible Road and Ming Avenue. There officers found the driver of the car dead from apparent gunshot wounds. 

BPD says they do have a person of interest in custody after a car matching a witnesses description led police on a high-speed chase in the area ending near Cottonwood Road and Watt Drive. 

Due to the distance between crime scenes, officers closed a large area off while they investigate. 

BPD has not yet determined a motive for the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to contact Bakersfield Police at 372-7111. 


Bakersfield Police Department say two people were killed in a shooting early Saturday morning in South Bakersfield. According to BPD, they are still investigating the incident and the crime scene is "extensive," spanning several blocks. 

Early reports show just after midnight officers were called out to an assault with a deadly weapon near Wible and Wilson Roads. Shortly after 1:00 A.M. major injuries were reported by officers, and at 1:45 A.M. BPD confirmed two deaths. 

As of 2:00 A.M. Saturday, BPD had several roads blocked off in the area of Wible and Wilson Roads as they investigate. There is no word on when they will re-open. 

This story will be updated as more information is made available.