On Saturday, August 10th at 4:17 pm Officers responded to a report of a victim of a shooting at the intersection of Eucalyptus and Parkway. On arrival they found Alfredo Velasco (18) suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to local hospital where he died as a result of his injuries.
Within minutes following the shooting Salinas Police Officers located a stolen vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description near the intersection of East Market and Ivy . When the Officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop the vehicle fled and a pursuit was initiated. After an extensive search, Officers located and arrested Kristopher Hargrove (18), Nathaniel Sparks-Musones (22) and a 17 year old male juvenile. All three subjects are known gang members, and were initially arrested and lodged on the charge of possession of a stolen vehicle pending further investigation. After further investigation, all three suspects who are currently in custody are being charged with Murder, along with a variety of gun and gang charges. This was the 6th homicide in the month of August in Salinas.
On August 1st, 2013 Richard Gutierrez was arrested for the homicide of Victor Sosa-Reyes.
On August 4th, 2013 Reuben Salceda was shot and killed in the 1100 block of Parkside. The case under investigation and no arrests have been made.
On August 6th, 2013 Giovanni Pacheco was arrested for the murder of Victor Ortiz, Edgar Garcia and Alejandro Hernandez following a shooting in the 600 block of Williams Road.
This is the 17th homicide of the year in Salinas and it is being investigated as gang related. Salinas Police Detectives are still looking for additional witnesses to this shooting or anyone with information regarding this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Detective Brian Johnson at 831-758-7147 or Detective Bryan McKinley at 831-758-7145. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can also call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222 or the We-Tip-Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.
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