Homicide--Shooting

On May 21, 2014 at 9:07 pm officers received a dispatch to the area of Del Monte Ave and Mae Ave regarding a victim of a shooting.  The initial dispatch indicated that there was a shooting victim down in the street after several gunshots were heard.  As officers arrived in the area to render aid to the victim and investigate the shooting, many people who had gathered in the area to protest started to throw bottles, sticks, rocks and bricks at the responding officers and the EMS personnel.  While an officer was conducting CPR on the shooting victim, a bottle hit the officer in the head preventing him from rendering aid to the victim while on scene.  The shooting victim was quickly taken away in an ambulance and to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.   The shooting victim was a local resident of the neighborhood who was standing on the sidewalk in front of his home.  The victim has been identified as Constantino Garcia (23) who had recently moved to Salinas with his wife and child.  At the time of the shooting it was estimated that there were approximately 100 people in the area presumably who witnessed the shooting.   At this time no witnesses have come forward to assist with the investigation.  Those who may have witnessed this incident are urged to contact Detective Zuniga or Detective Gonzalez of the Salinas Police Department Investigations Bureau at (831) 758-7929 or (831) 758-7127.  Those who wish to remain anonymous can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222 or the We-Tip-Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.