BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A highway shooting that left one dead has resulted in three arrests. Two of those arrested appeared in court Tuesday.
Taeviyon Wandick and Denell King appeared in court Tuesday afternoon as suspects of a homicide that left a 24-year-old man dead on highway 58. It all happened on Thursday at about 6:30p.m.
Standing in the courtroom, the two young men, 22-year-old Taeviyon Wandick and 23-year-old Denell King face multiple charges including first degree murder and assault with a firearm.
The third suspect, 19-year-old Christopher Thompson was not part of the court hearing but was arrested just Monday night at 11 p.m. He’s being held on a no bail warrant and faces the same charges as the others.
“When you’re driving on the freeways I think the people of California expect to be safe,” Captain Vincent Pagano of California Highway Patrol Bakersfield Division said. “When they are traveling with their families and friends or just commuting to and from work. So when we have an incident like this I think it’s especially disturbing.”
California Highway Patrol says there’s been an uptick in highway violence. It said in the past two years, in the area between Fort Tejon and the Modesto there’s been 50 to 70 highway violent incidents where most of them were shootings.
“The best thing to do is be a good witness,” Captain Pagano said. “If you’re in the middle of an active crime on the freeway or anywhere get yourself out. Remember as much as you can, take some notes on what you saw and be a good witness so that law enforcement can do a proper investigation and hopefully get justice for the victims and solve those crimes.”
The hearing for Wandick and King was postponed until May 16.
CHP said anyone has any information is asked to call 396-6600, or you call in anonymously at 396-3666.