UPDATE: Second victim identified in East Bakersfield double homicide

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Wednesday's killings make 114 homicides in Kern County surpassing 2018 Homicide Tracker count

UPDATE (11/26, 10:02 a.m.): The second person killed in the shooting has been identified as Makhi Bowen, 17, of Bakersfield, according to the coroner’s office. Cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds. He died at the scene.

UPDATE (11/24): Kern County Sheriff’s Office has identified one of the victims killed in a double homicide in East Bakersfield as 18-year-old Christian Kwame Howell. According to KCSO, Howell was transported to Kern Medical Center with multiple gunshot wounds, but was later pronounced dead at the hospital.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a shooting that left two people dead Wednesday evening in East Bakersfield.

The shooting happened just before 6 p.m. near Niles Street and Fairfax Road, KCSO said. Deputies arrived and found two people shot and wounded inside a vehicle. One person was pronounced dead at the scene and another was taken to Kern Medical. The second victim was pronounced dead before arriving to the hospital, authorities said late Wednesday night.

A description for a possible suspect was not immediately available, but witnesses told investigators a male shot multiple times into the victim’s vehicle before getting into a another vehicle and getting away.

The killings mark the 113th and 114th homicide in Kern County, surpassing 2018’s Homicide Tracker count of 112. 2020 would be the deadliest year in Kern County since the start of the Homicide Tracker in 2015.

The Kern County Coroner’s Office will identify the two victims and the shooting investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Kern County Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110 or the Secret Witness Hotline at 661-322-4040.

We will update this story as we learn more information.

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