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Thursday, Dec 12 2013 05:41 PM

Series of shootings believe related to gangs, retaliation

BY JASON KOTOWSKI Californian staff writer jkotowski@bakersfield.com

When a gang member is shot at, it's rarely the last volley.

Retaliation becomes rampant, and a Kern County Superior Court search warrant that became available this week gives a glimpse of that type of back-and-forth violence.

The warrant indicates a series of related shootings between a criminal street gang and other people in late August and early September that involved several injuries, the use of a crutch as a makeshift weapon and the identification of a shooting suspect based in part on the man's proboscis.

The shootings spanned Aug. 13 to Sept. 2. No one was killed, but two men were injured, and documented Westside Bakers gang member Mayco Roman was jailed on charges including attempted murder.

Bakersfield police said in the search warrant that the first shooting occurred Aug. 13 in front of an apartment in the 1500 block of 11th Street. Those apartments, near Dewar's California Avenue location, are a hangout spot for members of the Westside Bakers, according to the warrant.

A woman was hit by a gunshot, and a group of men that included two members of the Westside Bakers were shot at, police said. Police had no leads, and no arrests were made.

The extent of the woman's injuries was not included in the warrant.

On Aug. 17, two men were shot and suffered non life-threatening injuries in the 1800 block of Forrest Street, a few blocks southwest of the previous shooting. Police said the shooting was believed to be in retaliation for the Aug. 13 shooting.

A Norteno gang member who witnessed the incident said the suspect yelled "Westside" before opening fire. A friend of the victims said the shooter looked like a man he knew as "Mike Roman." The friend told investigators Roman has a "large, distinctive nose."

Police discovered the man's name is Mayco Roman, and arrested him the evening of Sept. 2. Roman was charged with attempted murder, possession of a gun by a felon and shooting at an inhabited dwelling or vehicle.

Another shooting occurred a few hours after Roman's arrest. No one was hit, but police found bullets had struck an apartment in the same 1500 block of 11th Street.

Ten days later, one of the shooting victims from Aug. 17 and the friend who helped identify Roman, drove to a bank where they were confronted by three documented members of the Westside Bakers, the warrant says. A fight ensued. One of the attackers grabbed a crutch from the injured man and broke a window of the friend's car.

The three attackers were arrested, but charges were dismissed against two of the men; the third pleaded no contest to dissuading a witness, a felony.

Roman's next court hearing is scheduled for Feb. 7.

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