Arrested earlier this week, a 22-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to killing one man and injuring two others near Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park in a drive-by shooting on a March afternoon in which children were present.
Trevon Lee Foreman was arrested Monday at a residence in south Bakersfield in connection with the killing of 26-year-old Ruben Antonio Garcia. He's charged with first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder, among other charges.
Also arrested in connection with the shooting was Anthony Michael Gage, 21. He was taken into custody March 11 and has pleaded not guilty to the same charges.
According to a probable cause declaration filed by Bakersfield police, Foreman was identified as the person who fired from the passenger window of a car at a residence on East 10th Street the afternoon of March 9 as a barbecue was going on. The three victims were standing to the front of the residence with several other people.
A witness said Foreman was the shooter and Gage was in the back seat and also in possession of a firearm, according to the declaration. Both Foreman and Gage are members of the Country Boy Crips gang.
Five spent .22-caliber casings were recovered from the scene of the shooting, police said in court documents. The vehicle believed to be used in the shooting was later found and impounded, and its driver questioned.
Gage admitted being in the vehicle during the shooting, according to the documents.
One man who was shot told investigators he was walking in the area of East 10th Street when he stopped to talk with a friend on the south side of the road. As they talked, a vehicle approached from the west and the front passenger opened fire on them.
The man, a documented member of the East Side Crips, said he began to run as the vehicle passed, and was shot in the upper left portion of his chest, according to the documents.
Asked how many gunshots he heard, the man said he didn't know, but it was "a lot."
Foreman is next due in court July 23. Gage is scheduled for a competency hearing July 26.