UPDATE: KCSO identifies 18-year-old killed in shooting near Wilson Park

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UPDATE: The Kern County Sheriff’s Office has identified the 18-year-old killed in last week’s shooting near Wilson Park as Emmanuel Alfaro Arechiga.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — An 18-year-old man was shot and drove himself to Wilson Park on Thursday morning where he was pronounced dead, Bakersfield police said.

The department said officers were called to the 2500 block of Echo Avenue for a report of a shooting victim. Officers found the 18-year-old man and another 18-year-old woman.

Family identified the victim as Emmanuel Arechiga. His family has set up a GoFundMe account for funeral expenses.

Officers said the shooting happened in the 2800 block of Morin Court, and Arechiga managed to drive himself to Echo Avenue near Wilson Park where the 18-year-old woman called for help. The woman was not wounded.

The department also said a 26-year-old man arrived to the area. They say Gilberto Fajardo-Martinez was in possession of a stolen gun. He was booked into the Kern County Jail for possession of stolen property, driving on a suspended license and other weapons charges.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Bakersfield police at 661-327-7111.

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