SAD: 62yr. Innocent Lady Shot Dead In Her Own Back Yard

October 5, 2015

Police say a 62-year-old woman was gunned down in her own front yard in a drive-by shooting in southeast Bakersfield. The woman's family and friends call this a senseless crime and a case of mistaken identity.

Iva Craig's family and friends say every night she went to close the gate in her front yard. But on Monday night her routine was shattered when someone drove by, opened fire, and killed the 62- year-old woman.

“I don't understand what happened. Whoever did this, I hope they catch you. Because this wasn't even called for. My aunt was a loving person. They need to stop this senseless killing, this is crazy,” her niece Patrice Givan said.

Police say when officers arrived on scene at around 10 Tuesday night, they found three people had been shot. The two others identified as 54-year-old Mamie Foreman and 44-year-old Gregory Webb suffered moderate injuries.

Kern County court records show Foreman and Webb have criminal histories and their last cases were in 1999. But court records did not show any cases for Iva Craig. Her family and friends say when she went to close the gate in her front yard Monday night Craig began talking to the two other people who were standing outside.

“Her and her husband been together for years and everyone knows they live here so I just don't know what's going on,” Givan also said.

Craig's husband did not want to talk on camera but friends say they believe he was inside the house sleeping when the shooting happened.

Police have not determined if the shooting is gang related and no arrests have been made. Investigators say the car involved in the drive-by was a silver or gray 4-door sedan.