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Police documents give new details in deadly Heritage Park shooting

Shooting suspect is registered gang member
Posted at 4:48 PM, Dec 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-19 19:48:58-05

Police documents obtained by 23ABC give new details in the moments before and after the deadly shooting at Heritage Park earlier this month. 

On Dec. 9 around 9:30 a.m., Bakersfield Police officers responded to reports of a shooting at Heritage Park in east Bakersfield. A group of people were involved in a fight when someone pulled out a firearm, according to police documents. 

Christopher Guadron, 27, was shot in the chest and later died at Kern Medical from his injuries. A woman was also shot in the left side of her abdomen. According to police documents, she "blacked out" during the fight and realized she was shot at an unknown time later. Kern Medical staff deemed her injury to be minor.

According to police documents, Guadron's sister contacted police with information on her brother's death. An unnamed person identified the alleged suspect as Guillermo Soto, whom police found out was a member of the Eastside Bakers gang. 

According to the documents, Soto, 19, was on probation and has at least one prior felony conviction. Soto also has prior gang-related arrests for firearms. 

Police questioned Soto and his longtime girlfriend who was also involved in the fight. According to the documents, his girlfriend told police she was being "bullied" by several other women and she "wanted to end the bullying." Both of them told police they were "jumped" and that the other group shot at them.

According to the documents, Soto denied ever showing or firing a gun, even in self defense.

Numerous cell phones were seized during the investigation, according to police. 

The firearm used in the shooting is still outstanding, according to the documents.

On Dec. 10, police arrested Soto on charges including homicide, attempted murder, assault with a firearm, felony child endangerment, gang member with a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm, and felon/gang member with ammunition. 

Soto appeared in court on Dec. 12 and pleaded not guilty. He is due back in court on Dec. 20 and his bail is set at $2 million.