Man killed in Northwest Bakersfield shooting identified

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Saturday, a man was killed during a shooting in northwest Bakersfield. Kern County Sheriff’s deputies have identified the man as Diego Soto, according to a news release.

Soto, 24, was pronounced dead on the scene from gunshot wounds to his upper body at 2:19 a.m. on Gibson Street and Commercial Street.

Homicide detectives working the case arrested Alfredo Perez on Saturday at about 8:20 p.m.

Perez, 22, was charged with murder and booked into the Kern County Jail.

According 17 News’ count, this is 116th fatal shooting this year in Kern County.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (661) 861-3110 or the Secret Witness line at (661) 322-4040.

Editor’s note: This story was originally published on Oct. 23 and has since been edited with updates.


Man killed in Northwest Bakersfield shooting

Oct. 23

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a shooter who killed a man early Saturday morning in Northwest Bakersfield.

Sheriff’s deputies say they were called to the area of Gibson Street and Marriott Drive at around 2:30 a.m. for a report of a shooting. A man was found suffering from a gunshot wound and was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators say a vehicle pulled up to the man walking at Gibson and Marriott, fired a round at him and drove off. A description of the vehicle or possible suspects was not immediately available.

The victim will be identified by the Kern County Coroner’s Office at a later time.

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

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