Three men were arrested in connection with a shooting in south Bakersfield that injured a 14-year-old boy.

Deputies were dispatched at about 6:40 p.m. Tuesday to a report of shots fired in the area of the 4500 block of Vern Street. Bakersfield police officers were near that area and heard the gunshots, according to sheriff's officials.

Police saw a dark-colored Mercedes leaving the area and tried to stop it, sheriff's officials said. After a short chase, the vehicle stopped at the dead end of Bryant Street east of Sparks Street. Three suspects ran from the vehicle but were apprehended shortly afterward.  

On Vern Street, deputies found a 14-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to his lower leg, according to sheriff's officials. He was taken to Kern Medical Center. Two residences and a parked vehicle were also struck by gunfire. Sixteen spent shell casings were seized at the scene.

Deputies also seized an AR-15 rifle that was thrown out of the Mercedes during the chase, according to sheriff's officials.

The suspects — Guadalupe Mendoza, 19, Ruben Mendoza, 22, and Jaime Ramos, 23 — were arrested on charges including attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to call the Kern County Sheriff’s Office at 861-3110.

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