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Authorities identify man who died in SW Bakersfield Target parking lot

Posted at 11:41 PM, Aug 24, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-25 21:25:03-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — We now know the name of the man shot and killed last night near the Target in Southwest Bakersfield.

Police say officers arrived at the parking lot at the intersection of Buena Vista Road and Stockdale Highway just after 9 p.m. where they found a man with multiple gunshot wounds. That man was identified as 43-year-old Benny Juarez Alcala, Junior.

The state corrections department confirms he was a correctional counselor at the Wasco State Prison. He had been working there since September of 2006.

In a statement the corrections department said: "We are keeping the Alcala family, and all of our family at Wasco State Prison in our thoughts. We extend our deepest sympathies and our strongest support to all during these difficult times."

No arrest has been made and no information on the shooter has been released.

23ABC spoke with shoppers to find out if they still feel safe shopping at their local target following the incident. Many said they had no idea a shooting even occurred outside the store adding they don’t feel completely safe anywhere right now.

Shoppers say that more surveillance in the area and more friendly interaction with fellow store-goers would make them feel more comfortable returning to this shopping center.