Sheriff: Man found dead in apartment likely killed from stray bullet during party shooting

A hole, possibly from a stray bullet, is seen in a door of an apartment off Belle Terrace in Bakersfield, Calif., Tuesday, July 19, 2016, where a man's body was found the previous night. (KBAK/KBFX photo/Adam Herbets)

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said Tuesday that his investigators believe a man found dead in an apartment near a party shooting was likely killed by a stray bullet.

Fourteen people, mostly teenagers, were wounded in a shooting July 16 at a house party on Stephens Drive.

A couple days later, a man's body was found in a very close apartment on Belle Terrace. What appeared to be a bullet hole could be seen in the man's apartment door.

The coroner's office hasn't released the name of the man found dead in the apartment, but friends and family have identified him to Eyewitness News as Miguel Bravo.

Youngblood said there appears to be a connection between the party shooting and this man's death. The sheriff made his comment while speaking on public safety matters during a meeting of the Kern County Board of Supervisors.

"We have not been able to determine yet, for sure, that that is a victim of that shooting, but we believe his death will be related," Youngblood said. "It was only 500 yards away, where the round went through the door. It's all indications that that young man was a victim."

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