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Theo Douglas/ The Californian

A Bakersfield Police Department officer briefly directed traffic onto Chester Avenue after shots were fired in the air near Sam Lynn Ballpark. No one was injured during the incident.

There were no injuries but Bakersfield police closed Chester Avenue in both directions for about 30 minutes Saturday evening to investigate, after receiving a report of shots fired in the air near Sam Lynn Ballpark.

More than a dozen Bakersfield Police Department vehicles lined the street and closed it between 35th Street and Columbus Avenue from about 5 to 5:30 p.m.

The call of shots fired at a post-Black American History Parade event came in at 4:55 p.m., according to Bakersfield police Lt. Joe Mullins.

It came from Bakersfield police officers already in the park area west of the baseball field.

"It's just an individual shooting, at an after parade event at the park," Mullins said.

The suspect, described as an African-American male, fled, Mullins said.

The incident rattled nerves among residents who live on east-west streets east of the ball park.

One man described hearing a series of shots.

"Five shots, an automatic. Probably 9 mm," said resident Mark Credell, recalling a momentary gridlock caused by vehicles trying to leave. "When I got here, you could have walked on the roofs of the cars leaving."

-- The Californian