- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - A stray bullet plowed through an apartment door and killed a man 500 feet from a home where a gang shootout injured 14 people, authorities said Wednesday.

The young man in the apartment was found dead on July 19, three days after gunfire erupted nearby. His name was not immediately released.

“He was inside the apartment, possibly sleeping on a mattress on the floor … he was not involved with the party,” Kern County sheriff’s spokesman Ray Pruitt said in an email Wednesday.

The party was held by a teenage girl with her parents’ permission. She publicized it on social media and more than 150 people showed up, including some who were not invited, and the event got out of control, Pruitt said.

At some point, a fight involving a gang rivalry erupted in a backyard and three people were thrown out of the party, authorities said.



The three males, 16 to 19, returned with guns and opened fire on a crowd of people outside the home, authorities said.

Fourteen people, including a 13-year-old boy, were wounded, two critically. All were expected to survive.

“We believe that at least one person in the crowd returned fire” and one of those shots apparently killed the neighbor, Pruitt said.

No arrests have been made.

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