BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A juvenile was shot multiple times Tuesday afternoon in east Bakersfield, prompting emergency lockouts at several schools.
The male juvenile was taken to a hospital and his condition was unknown, Kern County sheriff’s spokeswoman Danielle Kernkamp said. His age was not released.
A person of interest was taken into custody, Kernkamp said.
The shooting was reported at 2:48 p.m. at Breckenridge Road and Palomino Drive, she said. 17 News spoke with witness Crystal Corley, who said she heard gunshots and saw the victim on the ground.
“All I heard were gunshots — when we looked, we saw somebody on the ground,” Corley said. “We came over and it was a kid and he had holes. My boyfriend said somebody needs to put pressure on the holes and I did and I just put pressure until the ambulance came.”
Foothill High and Voorhies Elementary schools had brief lockouts and Orangewood Elementary was placed on lockdown, according to school officials.
A lockout involves securing buildings so no one can enter. It differs from a lockdown, which involves not just locking school buildings but turning out the lights and remaining silent and out of sight.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Kern County Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110 or Secret Witness at 661-322-4040.