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Bianca Jackson Murdered: Gunfire at Cal. State-Bakersfield Halloween Party Kills Student

Bianca Jackson (CBS/KBFX)
Bianca Jackson Murdered: Gunfire at CSUB Halloween Campus Party Kills Student
Bianca Jackson (CBS/KBFX)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (CBS/KBFX) Police say 18-year-old Bianca Jackson was killed Thursday night when a Halloween party at California State University-Bakersfield ended in gunfire.

According to CBS affiliate KBFX, Bakersfield police say Jackson was an innocent victim caught in a crossfire during a violent fight between two groups of people at the campus party.

Two men, Jonathan Bell, 18, and Christopher Miller, 19, were taken into custody Friday afternoon after both men reportedly ran away when officers tried to arrest them.

Both men were released from custody Monday morning after investigators said the case wasn't strong enough due to conflicting witness statements.

On Monday, police questioned two other people - Jamal Phillips, 20, and a 17-year-old. It's unknown exactly what role they may have played in the shooting.

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction for Jackson's murder.

Police are asking anyone who attended the party to call Detective Dennis Murphy at (661) 326-3861 or the Secret Witness Program tip line at (661) 322-4040.