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5-year-old child killed, 7-year-old wounded in Bakersfield drive-by shooting

A 5-year-old child was shot and killed in an apparent drive-by shooting Thursday night in central Bakersfield.

A 7-year-old child was also hit by gunfire around 7:45 at California Avenue and S Street, but that child is expected to survive.

The driver wasn't hit by gunfire, police said.

“These types of acts of violence and cowardice will not be tolerated," police Chief Lyle Martin said. "This community deserves much more than this.”


A bystander told Eyewitness News they heard at least a dozen shots.

Police are now searching for a dark colored sedan. No other suspect information has been released.

Anyone who can provide information helpful to the investigation is asked to call Detective Keegan Gavin (661) 326-3557.

“We’ll leave no stone unturned," the chief said.


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