5-year-old shot, killed in drive-by in Central Bakersfield; 7-year-old brother expected to survive

Brothers shot near Maya Theater
Posted at 9:25 PM, Feb 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-25 20:34:59-05

UPDATE (Feb. 25 2017 5:20 p.m.):

The 7-year-old brother suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg has been released from the hospital, according to a video on his father's Facebook page.

UPDATE (Feb. 24, 2017 4:30 p.m.):

BPD has set up a Secret Witness hotline for anyone who may have information leading to the arrest of the suspect or suspects in this case. A reward up to $5,000 can be given if the information helps lead to the arrest.

Anyone with information can also call 325-GANG if they have information pertaining to the case. The line will be operated 24 hours a day.

Citizens can also text 274637 and text BPDCRIMES along with your message.


A child under the age of 10 was killed in a drive-by shooting on California Ave and S streets in Central Bakersfield Thursday night.

The second victim, the brother of the child shot and killed was taken to Kern Medical with a gunshot wound to the leg, according to a family member.

Bakersfield Police officials said that the drive-by happened at about 7:45 p.m. February 23, 2017 down the street from the Maya Cinemas on California Ave.

Police say a black sedan pulled up, opened fire, and then sped off.

BPD has closed off several streets in the area as they investigate. There is no suspect information at this time.

One viewer said that they heard about 7 gun shots while they were in the area.

Officers confirmed that a 5-year-old died from shooting, his 7-year-old brother is expected to survive.

Officers said that the children were in a car, but the driver of the vehicle was not shot.