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 October 2019, a reward was given for $10,000 to an anonymous tipster that assisted investigators in their search for justice for Kason. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with further information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Bakersfield Police Department, or Kern Secret Witness.
The Kern Secret Witness 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.