The Bakersfield Police Department arrested a man after a shooting in east Bakersfield Tuesday morning.
Officers were dispatched around 5:26 a.m. to the 100 block of Clyde Street near East Brundage lane and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard after a ShotSpotter Activation. Arriving police located bullet casings on the ground and attempted to contact an uncooperative male identified as 38-year-old Enrique Cruz. Cruz fled into the residence police believe he was staying in. Officers determined an infant was inside the residence and since a firearm was never recovered, out of an abundance of caution, BPD SWAT were called out.
After approximately three hours, Cruz surrendered. The infant was located safe and released into the mother’s custody. A 5-year-old was also located safe in the residence.
The investigation revealed Cruz discharged an AR-15 style rifle approximately eight times for unknown reasons. Cruz is prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm. He was arrested for gross negligent discharge of a firearm, child endangerment and other associated charges.
No gunshot victims were located and police believe the rifle was fired upward into the air.