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Monday, Oct 15 2012 10:02 AM

Police investigate third shooting incident

Another round of gunfire rang out in the area north of Tehachapi Boulevard over the weekend.

The Oct. 13 episode was the latest in a string of shooting incidents that have taken place over the past three weeks, leaving many residents shaken and one local man dead.

This time no one was injured, as Tehachapi Police responded to a report of shots being fired in the 100 block of West "I" Street at 11:49 p.m. on Saturday.

The incident took place just a short distance from where shots were fired into a home shortly before midnight in the 200 block of West "J" Street on Sept. 28. The same day police were called out to investigate a separate incident that firearms were discharged into residence in the 200 block of W "I" Street, which occurred nearly one week earlier on Sept. 23.

While there was no evidence that any homes or persons had been struck during the latest incident, officers did find shell casings in the alley adjacent to where the shooting occurred. And based upon the information that has been developed to date, police believe that the two shootings into City dwellings were not random incidents and were targeted at a certain person or persons.

Police also confirmed that the two drive-by style shootings are linked to the ongoing Kern County Sheriff's murder investigation into the shooting death of Larry Dale Reagan, which occurred in the Old West Ranch area in the early morning hours of Sept. 28.

"While these incidents occurred in separate jurisdictions, the two agencies have been working together since the incidents occurred," said Tehachapi Police Chief Jeff Kermode in a news release on Monday.

"Investigators from both agencies have interviewed several persons of interest related to the cases and are also waiting for ballistic comparisons that could further link the crimes."

Kermode also stated that while the investigations are progressing, no one has yet been arrested for any of the three crimes.

Anyone with information in regards to any of the incidents is encouraged to contact the Tehachapi Police Department at (661) 822-2222.

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