BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Multiple shootings and one stabbing over Easter weekend and Monday morning sent nine people to the hospital and left one person dead.
The violence started early Friday morning in Southwest Bakersfield, when Bakersfield police responded to two shootings: one on Parker Avenue near Ming and Akers where one man was shot to death, and the second a few hours later around 5:00 a.m. on 38th Street where the man suffered minor injuries and is not cooperating with police at this time.
The Kern County Sheriff’s Office is also investigating five shootings in the last three days.
“We had a total of four people shot just on the Friday evening and then we had three additional people shot in three separate incidents on Sunday,” said KCSO Public Information Officer, Angela Monroe.
One person was shot Friday night near South Chester Avenue and Wilson Road after a fight in the parking lot of a marijuana shop, then a second shooting with two victims a little later that night in a car to car shooting on Mount Vernon.
Then on Easter Sunday three people were shot in three separate incidents within just three hours. Two in East Bakersfield and one in Lamont.
The violence continue this morning with a stabbing on Beardsley Avenue.
“A man had stabbed another man at that point and then taken off running,” said Monroe. “Our deputies set up a perimeter and were able to capture him here at Sam Lynn Baseball Park which is about half a mile south of where the stabbing took place.”
Officials say they don’t know yet if any of these shootings are gang related.
“We are, of course, investigating to see whether or not any of these are related but at this point it does not appear that these five separate shootings where seven people where shot are related.” said Monroe.
Apart from the one victim who passed away on Friday, the other nine victims are expected to survive.
No arrests have been made in any of these cases, except the man who was taken into custody this morning at the ballpark.