One person dead, two injured in stabbing in East Bakersfield

Posted at 3:03 PM, Jan 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-22 18:45:20-05

One person is dead and two additional people were injured in a stabbing that occurred in East Bakersfield Tuesday afternoon.

According to Matt Alvarez of the Kern County Sheriff's Office, deputies were called out to the area of Foothill and Morning Drive at around 2:30 p.m. on reports of a stabbing. When deputies arrived, they found a crowd of about 300 people at the scene.

A juvenile male victim was found suffering from a stabbing. KCSO deputies and Kern County Fire Department crews attempted life-saving measures, but the victim was declared dead. Authorities did recover a possible weapon at the scene. Not long after arriving, authorities were notified of another victim at Park and Pioneer. When they arrived they found two additional stabbing victims. One of those victims was an adult.

Authorities believe the two incidents are related, but do not know if the victims were students at nearby Foothill High School.

One person has been detained as a person of interest, but has not been declared a suspect at this point. It is not known at this time if the incident was gang-related.

Kern County Fire Department Public Information Officer Andrew Freeborn, 12 firefighters responded to the scene to provide medical aid.

If you have any information on this incident you are urged to contact KCSO at 861-3110 or the Secret Witness Line at 322-4040.

Foothill High School nearby was placed on lock-out due incident.

According to the Kern High School District, "the lockout protocol is implemented when there is a potential threat or hazard outside of the school buildings or grounds. It requires increased situational awareness, but allows the educational process to continue with little classroom interruption."

Foothill High School and the entire Kern High School District community are shocked and deeply saddened by the senseless violence that took place outside Foothill High School this afternoon. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the student’s family and to staff and students at Foothill. Grief counselors will be available tomorrow on the Foothill campus.
Debbie Thompson, Ed. D. Chief Communications Officer Kern High School District