BAKERSFIELD – A 14-year-old was arrested on Monday after accidentally shooting a 13-year-old in the face.
Angel Rodriguez was as booked into the Kern County Juvenile Hall for negligent discharge of a firearm, participation in a criminal street gang and possession of a firearm and ammunition by a minor.
According to the Bakersfield Police Department, at around 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 8, officers responded to a report of shooting in a home in the 700 block of “R” Street Street. Police said that when they got there, they discovered a 13-year-old boy had been struck in the chin by a bullet that was allegedly fired into a bucket by Rodriquez, who fled the scene before officers arrived.
The victim was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Later that day, police received a call from Rodriguez’s family, who said they found the boy walking the streets and brought him home, where officers took him into custody. The firearm has not been recovered.