Bakersfield police investigating 'suspicious' death

Officers investigate Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, after a body is found on Monterey Street in Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo/Hanna Battah)

Police said they are investigating a homicide in east Bakersfield.

Robert Sierra, 52, was found dead in an apartment Friday morning on the 1000 block of Monterey Street, police said.

Sgt. Gary Carreusco said the body had signs of trauma but would not release more details about the cause of death.

Neighbors said they heard gunshots in the area and were questioned by police about sounds of gunshots or fighting.

Frankisha Harris is one of the neighbors questioned by police. She said her neighborhood is typically quiet.

"I walk past there almost every day to go to the store, so I would see people out there," Harris said. "But would never think that something could happen so close to where you live."

Anyone with information helpful to the investigation is asked to call police at (661) 327-7111.

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