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BPD Chief Lyle Martin: Detectives are working 'tirelessly' on child shooting cases

Bakersfield Police Chief Lyle Martin speaks on Nov. 14, 2017, about recent child shooting cases. (KBAK/KBFX photo) 

After months of silence about 5-year-old Kason Guyton's murder case, detectives are following a new lead.

Bakersfield Police Chief Lyle Martin said investigators have identified a suspect vehicle.

"We haven't been sitting on our hands," he said. "We've been working on this thing every day."

Friday, a separate shooting left 3-year-old Major Sutton dead.

"There are people who are willing to kill our children, and that is just not acceptable," Martin said. "Somebody knows who did this, and they need to come forward."

Martin said in Major's case, investigators are currently going door-to-door, trying to collect information and see if there is any surveillance.

He said police are also going into the neighborhood to show people they are dedicated to public safety.

"When these types of incidents happen, the Bakersfield Police Department will investigate, we will pursue and assist with the prosecution of every person who thinks that it's OK to kill our children," Martin said.

Martin said he is staying optimistic that justice will be served.

He said people can no longer hide behind, "I don't want to be a snitch."

"At some point, somebody is going to find a conscious," Martin said.

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