Police search for suspect following shooting at Bakersfield mall

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Bakersfield police said they are searching for a man who opened fire on two people during a fight Monday evening inside a mall.

Police officers were called to the Valley Plaza Mall on Ming Avenue just after 6 p.m. for reports of a shooting, according to FOX40 sister station KGET. Deputies from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office also assisted in the investigation.

Multiple people called KGET saying they locked themselves inside or were placed on lockdown inside the Valley Plaza Mall following the shooting.

Bakersfield Police Chief Lyle Martin said the shooting escalated from a “physical altercation” between two groups of people. One person, only described as a black male in a hooded sweatshirt, opened fire, leaving two people with wounds described as moderate.

Video circulated on social media shows a chaotic scene inside near the mall’s food court. Multiple gunshots can be heard in the video.

The suspected shooter fled the scene, Martin said.

The two victims were taken to Kern Medical.

Police Chief Martin said the ages of the people in the groups involved in the altercation were in their late teens to their early 20s.

Chief Martin stressed that the shooting was not being considered an “active shooter” situation.

This story is developing.


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