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Accused shooter hit pregnant woman before killing man, reports say

A 19-year-old man charged with murder in the shooting of another man last week allegedly struck a pregnant woman just before the killing, court documents say.

Francisco Renteria has pleaded not guilty in the Sept. 9 shooting death of Luis Angel Ayala in southeast Bakersfield.

According to an arrest affidavit filed by deputies, Francisco Renteria and Marcos Renteria confronted Ayala, 27, at 2:41 p.m. in the 7900 block of Doney Street. They were upset over comments Ayala made about Francisco Renteria to a child.

A fight ensued, and a woman who was walking with Ayala tried to break it up, according to the affidavit. Francisco Renteria struck the woman, who is pregnant, multiple times, the affidavit says.

Ayala and the woman retreated to a vehicle, and the woman told Ayala that Francisco Renteria hit her. Angered that Renteria struck a pregnant woman, Ayala approached him again and the two exchanged words, according to the affidavit.

Francisco Renteria pulled a small silver-colored revolver from his pocket and pointed it at Ayala, the affidavit says. After further argument, he opened fire.

Renteria then ran to a brown Ford pickup at his residence in the 8000 block of Doney and fled, according to the affidavit. He turned himself in to authorities the same day at 11:45 p.m.

His next court hearing is scheduled for Oct. 5.

Sheriff’s investigators have released a composite sketch of a suspect wanted for firing into a vehicle and striking two occupants, including a 15-year-old boy.

The shooting happened about 5:15 p.m. Sept. 4 in the 200 block of La Colina Drive in northeast Bakersfield, sheriff’s officials said. The boy was struck in the head and remains in critical condition.

A motive has not been determined. Investigators say the suspect, described as a dark-skinned Hispanic man in his late 20s to early 30s, may have been driving a 2006 silver Honda Accord.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 861-3110 or Secret Witness at 322-4040.

Bakersfield police rescued a man who was “in distress” in a canal Thursday afternoon, according to a police department release.

Officers responded at 2:50 p.m. to the 700 block of California Avenue to a report of a man in a canal, the release said. Police found the man struggling to stay afloat, and entered the water and rescued him.

The man was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. Bakersfield firefighters assisted in the rescue.

A Los Angeles Rams football player was recently stopped and cited in Kern County for allegedly driving on a suspended license, court records show.

Ethan Colbey Westbrooks, 25, is scheduled for a hearing on the misdemeanor Friday at Kern County Superior Court’s Lamont courthouse.

Bakersfield attorney Mark Anthony Raimondo said he was contacted by the Rams’ front office to represent Westbrooks. He said the underlying problem, which he declined to discuss, has already been fixed and Westbrooks will soon have his license back.

He didn’t know exactly when or where Westbrooks was pulled over.

“It’s just an innocent mistake that’s going to be straightened out,” Raimondo said.

Westbrooks, who is listed as 6 foot 4 and 267 pounds, plays defensive end for the Rams. He was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2014 after playing at West Texas A&M University.

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