House party held despite California stay-at-home order leaves 6 shot

A mass shooting took place in California on Saturday at a house party that was held in violation of the state’s coronavirus stay-at-home order, according to NBC News. 

The shooting left six people injured, including a juvenile, though fortunately, no lives were lost.

Party held in defiance of order

It has been roughly three weeks now since California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) shared the news that the state was essentially entering into lockdown in an effort to control the coronavirus outbreak.

“Everyone in California is required to stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job,” the governor’s order read. “If you go out, stay at least 6 feet away from other people. This order began Thursday, March 19, 2020, and is in place until further notice.”

California has been the fifth hardest-hit state in the nation by the coronavirus disease, with over 22,400 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and over 630 deaths, according to a Worldometer tracker.

As has been the case in particular regions across the country, though, some people are treating such stay-at-home orders more seriously than others.

Six victims shot

On Friday night and into Saturday morning, a house party took place at an apartment in the 3500 block of Pioneer Drive in Bakersfield, California, NBC reported. According to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, police were called to the apartment complex at 12:26 a.m. following reports of gunfire on the premises.

“When deputies arrived, they discovered a large party had been occurring at this apartment complex prior to the shooting,” a Sheriff’s Office press release read.

Local authorities further reported: “Six victims were shot and treated at a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The victims include a juvenile female and five adults (four females, one male).”

Police officers found 94 shell casings and three live rounds strewn about the scene, the Associated Press reported, according to NBC.

Suspects remain at large

An investigation into the matter is currently underway. So far, no arrests have been made, and authorities have been unable to locate the suspects, who have been described as “four black males driving a white sedan.”

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office is, accordingly, asking for the public to help by contacting the department with any and all relevant information.

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