UPDATE: Man pleads no contest to firing gun in Walmart parking lot

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UPDATE (8/27): Romo pleaded no contest Friday to recklessly discharging a firearm. He’s scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 27.

Update (12/31): 31-year-old Rodolfo Romo did not show up for his court hearing on Wednesday. Bakersfield Police say Romo fired a handgun two times into the air at the Walmart parking lot on Monday. He allegedly tossed the weapon when it appeared to malfunction and ran into the store.

Romo is due in court again today.

UPDATE (12/29): A man has been arrested for allegedly firing a weapon in the parking lot of the Walmart store yesterday.

The Bakersfield Police Department said 31-year-old Rodolfo Romo had fired a handgun two times into the air while in the parking lot. He then allegedly discarded the firearm when it appeared to malfunction and fled into the store.

The firearm was located and seized. No one was struck by gunfire, according to the department. Officers evacuated the Walmart, reviewed surveillance footage and interviewed more than 100 witnesses.

Romo was eventually located and arrested on suspicion of reckless discharge of a firearm and for other firearm-related offenses. The motive for the shooting is still under investigation.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Multiple police cruisers rushed to the Walmart in East Bakersfield on Monday after shots were fired outside the store.

Police said no injuries were reported. An officer in the area heard the gunshots at about 1:17 p.m. and found a person in possession of a gun, police said. No one else is believed to be involved.

It’s unknown if the person was shooting at another person or in the air, police said. The Walmart was evacuated out of an abundance of caution, police spokesman Sgt. Robert Pair said.

The store was reopened to the public a short time later.

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