Three in custody in connection to drive-by shooting that injured 14-year-old

Teen expected to survive

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - UPDATE (Nov. 29, 9:08 a.m.): Kern County Sheriff's Office officials say three people have been taken into custody in connection with Tuesday night's shooting in south Bakersfield that injured a teenager.

On Nov. 28 around 6:40 p.m., KCSO deputies responded to the area of 4500 Vern Street for reports of shots fired. Bakersfield Police officers were also in the area, and heard the shots, according to KCSO. 

BPD officers saw a dark-colored Mercedes leaving the area. After a short pursuit, the car stopped at Bryant Street east of Sparks Street. 

Guadalupe Mendoza, 19, Ruben Mendoza, 22, and Jaime Ramos, 23, were arrested.

The three suspects face charges of attempted murder, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy and gang related charges.

The 14-year-old male is expected to survive, KCSO said. He was shot in his lower leg and was taken to Kern Medical.

Two other homes and a parked car were also struck by gunfire, KCSO said. Deputies located 16 shell casings at the scene and an AR-15 rifle that was thrown out of the suspect vehicle during the pursuit. 

Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to call KCSO at (661) 861-3110.

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The Kern County Sheriff's Office is investigating a drive-by shooting involving a teenager in south Bakersfield Tuesday night. 

KCSO said deputies responded to a shooting in the 4500 block of Vern Street around 6:30 p.m.

A 14-year-old was suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound in the leg and was taken to a nearby hospital.

KCSO said a person got out of a car and started firing when a bullet struck the victim. Two other homes were also hit during the shooting, according to KCSO.

KCSO is investigating this incident. If you have any information, you're asked to call the Kern County Sheriff's Office at (661) 861-3110.

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