Thursday night the Bakersfield Police Department tested the newly installed ShotSpotter system that is designed to detect gunfire within seconds.
Early Friday morning and again just after 4:30 Friday afternoon, the technology already helped police respond quickly to two shootings.
Just before 2 a.m. Friday BPD officers responded to a shooting in the area of Lake and Brown Streets.
“They located an adult male down in the roadway suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest,” BPD Sgt. Nathan McCauley said.
The victim told officers he and two friends were walking when a man in his 20s approached them and shot the victim with a handgun.
The victim, a man, was taken to Kern Medical where he is listed in critical condition.
Later in the day, officers say they went to the crime scene, based on information from the ShotSpotter system.
The ShotSpotter location system was able to determine the shooting actually happened in the 1800 block of Lake Street, where BPD was able to recover physical evidence.
Less than 15 hours later, ShotSpotter would again prove useful.
“It alerted us to the sound of gunfire in about the 1200 block of East 10th Street,” BPD Sgt. Mike Gerrity said. “Our officers responded and were on scene in about a minute, minute and a half.”
Officers say one person sustained major wounds, one moderate wounds and one minor.
No suspect information has been released.
It is unclear how many shots were fired.
“ShotSpotter should be able to tell us how many shots were fired with some sort of accuracy,” Gerrity said. “That’s going to come further on in the investigation when we actually have the opportunity to listen to the audio.”
If you have any information on either of these shootings, call the BPD at 327-7111.