Bakersfield bar under investigation for deadly shooting in parking lot

A memorial is set up Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, out front of Martini's Feel Good Lounge in Bakersfield, Calif., for Edwin Smith, who was shot and killed in the parking lot on Saturday morning. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

Tall white candles with religious figures printed on them flicker in the middle of the parking lot where 50-year-old Edwin Smith took his last breath.

On Saturday, around 1:40 a.m., Smith was shot to death outside of the Martini's Feel Good Lounge, a bar at the Regency Lanes bowling alley on Real Road in Bakersfield.

Four other people were shot and injured during the incident. The gunman is still on the loose.

Police Sgt. Ryan Kroeker said no one has come forward with information, "Which obviously makes it difficult for our investigators to try to conduct an investigation."

Kroeker said this is not the first deadly shooting to happen in the area.

In 2014, Lionel McGee was gunned down in the same parking lot.

In August of this year, there was another injury-shooting there.

Now, Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control officials are opening their own investigation to see if the bar had any involvement with the moments leading up to the shooting, or if the bar owners could have prevented the shooting from happening.

"In this investigation and other investigations, we work closely with the police department and all local law enforcement to address public safety matters and combat these issues that present problem to public safety," said Josh Porter, supervising agent with the ABC.

Police still don't know whether the victims were at the bowling alley before the shooting.

Porter said if the investigation shows that Martini's violated any codes, the bar owner could possibly be cited, have their liquor license suspended or even revoked.

Eyewitness News reached out to the managers of Martini's but have not heard back from them.

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