On February 23, 2017 at 7:46 p.m, officers with the Bakersfield Police Department responded to the 600 Block of California Avenue for a report of shots fired. Once on scene, officers located numerous spent shell casings in the roadway. A short time later, a second call was received from a Bakersfield Hospital, indicating two victims had arrived and both were suffering from gunshot wounds. Both juvenile victims, 5 and 7 years of age, had been inside a vehicle traveling in the 600 Block of California Avenue when an unknown suspect fired into the vehicle. The 5 year old victim, Kason Guyton, sustained major injuries and was pronounced deceased, while the 7 year old victim sustained non-life threatening injuries. The only description of the suspect vehicle is a:
Dark colored 4-door sedan
Investigators from the Bakersfield Police Department have also confirmed there was an eye witness that observed the homicide, and it’s believed the witness has information that would assist in identifying the suspects. This witness is asked to call the Bakersfield Police Department immediately.
In addition to the $10,000.00 reward offered by Secret Witness of Kern County and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, an additional $5,000.00 was donated by Tejon Ranch, and another $5,000.00 was donated by the community to American General Media and the Ralph Bailey Show. The current reward total is $20,000.00, for information leading to the arrest and filing of a complaint against the suspect(s) responsible for the death of Kason Guyton.
The Secret Witness of Kern County phone line operates 24 hours a day and secrecy is guaranteed to those who call. Anyone with information is urged to call (661) 322-4040.