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UPDATE: officials say 3 people arrested in Southwest Bakersfield shootout.

Posted at 6:49 PM, Aug 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-20 21:45:01-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. --- — Officials say three people have been arrested following a shooting in a Southwest Bakersfield neighborhood.

The Bakersfield Police Department says a party on Winchester Street and Remington Avenue broke out in gunfire Saturday evening, striking several homes in the area.

Suzanne Wagner, a resident there, says several neighbors are searching for answers. "We’ve lived here for 19 years and we never had anything of this kind of seriousness happening here, Wagner said."

Over 60 fired bullet casings were located across several blocks, many of which struck cars and homes.

Numerous of residents told 23 ABC News that the neighbors who hosted the party have only lived their for a couple months.

Ron Hopper, a 76-year-old resident that lives next door to home where the shooting began, says bullets struck his house, a few feet away from his bedroom.

"I thought there were going to be a whole lot of people killed out there," Hopper said. He estimates between 60 and 70 people attended the party.

Quailwood Elementary School is located about 100 yards adjacent to the house, concerning dozens of parents.

Authorities held a meeting with concerned parents and neighbors at the school, announcing to them that they've taken three people into custody.

Officials say they have several warrants for individuals involved in the shooting.