Ka-mya Denise Robinson, 2, was shot around 7 p.m. as she played in front of a home near the intersection of South Robinson Street and Virginia Avenue.
The girl's father scooped her up and flagged down a Kern County deputy in the 1300 block of Virginia Avenue. The sheriff's deputy called for medical aid, and the girl was taken by ambulance to Kern Medical Center, said sheriff's Lt. Adam Plugge.
Police confirmed shortly after 10 p.m. that Ka-mya died from her injuries.
There was an argument between two groups of men in front of 1244 S. Robinson St. One of the groups was in an SUV, with the other group on the street, according to police Lt. Joe Mullins. The argument escalated, and shots were fired from the SUV.
The blue SUV was described as a Lincoln Navigator. A small caliber shell casing was recovered by investigators.
Witnesses said the shooter was the right front passenger in the SUV. He was reportedly waiving a black handgun out the window prior to the shooting.
Police assumed the investigation because South Robinson Street falls within city jurisdiction.
Anyone with information on the names or whereabouts of any of the people responsible is asked to call Detective James Moore at (661) 326-3540 or the Secret Witness hotline at 322-4040.