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Sunday, May 26 2013 08:36 AM

UPDATE: Two dead, two critically wounded in party shooting

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

One man and one teenager died and two other men were critically wounded in a quadruple shooting early Sunday morning in the 3700 block of Columbus Street, the Bakersfield Police Department said in a news release.

Officers were dispatched to the scene of a party held in the northeast Bakersfield neighborhood at around 1:18 a.m.. Police found four victims of gunshots at the location. All four were taken to local hospitals.

According to the Kern County Coroner's office, Jose Garcia III, 20, of Bakersfield, was taken to Bakersfield Memorial Hospital where he died from his wounds at 1:53 a.m.

Feliberto Ponce, 17, also of Bakersfield, was taken to Kern Medical Center. Ponce was pronounced dead at 3:25 a.m.

The two additional victims were identified by police late Sunday afternoon as 20-year-old Ramon Garza and 20-year-old Reginald Bailey, both from Bakersfield. Garza and Bailey were in critical but stable condition, police said.

By late Sunday afternoon there were no obvious signs that the shooting had occurred in the neighborhood of single-family homes tucked between Oswell and Auburn streets. No arrests had been made as of Sunday afternoon, a police spokesman said. He could not say whether the shots came from a single gun or whether more than one gun was fired.

The investigation is continuing, police said.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the Bakersfield Police Department at 327-7111 or Detective Ryan Kroeker at 326-3546.

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