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Thursday, Sep 19 2013 10:56 AM

Five shot outside convenience store

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Five people were shot outside a north Bakersfield convenience store late Wednesday evening.

Bakersfield police said one victim suffered moderate and the others minor injuries in the 10:11 p.m. shooting at the Fastrip at 805 34th St. The motive is not yet known.

Police said one victim was taken by ambulance and three others by private means shortly after the incident. The fifth victim arrived at the hospital hours later and was interviewed by investigators.

Two male suspects are at large. The first is described as black, 17 to 20 years old, 6 feet tall, 130 pounds, wearing a tank top and blue jeans.

The second suspect is described as black, 17 to 20 years old, 6 feet tall, 130 pounds, wearing a tank top and gray jeans, according to police.

Cynthia Holquine, 46, moved to the area near 34th and Q streets 12 years ago. She said it was a relatively safe place.

A lot has changed since then.

Holquine and her teen daughters said gunshots are regularly heard in the neighborhood. Holquine said police don't patrol the area enough, and when they arrive it's often long after the incident occurred.

"They take forever to come out," she said.

Victoria Sickler, Holquine's 12-year-old daughter, said it sounded like two separate rounds of gunshots Wednesday night, with about six in the first instance followed by five more. She said she usually doesn't go out at night because of the illegal activity going on.

The other daughter, 18-year-old Courtney Sickler, said she thinks gangs are a big part of the problem. She also heard Wednesday's gunshots.

"It seemed pretty close," she said.

Fastrip employees declined to comment. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Joshua Finney at 326-3535.

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