Release Date/Time: 2/21/2017 1:03 PM
Incident: Attempted Murder-Shooting
Report #: 17-020806
Date: Friday, 2/17/2017
Time: 6:25 PM
Location: 1500 Cottonwood Dr.
On February 17, 2017, at approximately 6:25 PM, Salinas Police officers responded to a shooting in the 1500 blk of Cottonwood Dr. A few minutes later, we received a call of another victim of a shooting near the area of Bison Way and Buckhorn Dr. Officers arrived on Cottonwood and found a 23-year-old male suffering from a gunshot wound to his head. He was transported to Natividad Medical Center with a non-life-threatening injury. Officers also responded to Bison Way and Buckhorn Dr., where the found a 24-year-old female suffering from a gunshot wound to her arm. In the vehicle with the female was a 5-year-old child, who was not injured. The female was also transported to NMC where she was treated for her wounds.
Investigation revealed when the male victim left his home, a male with a handgun confronted him. For unknown reasons, the suspect shot at the male victim several times and struck him once in the head. The female victim was parked across the street and when she heard the gunshots, she started her car and began to drive out of the area. The suspect noticed her leaving and fired several rounds at her vehicle, striking the vehicle several times and, ultimately, injuring her. The female victim drove out of the area and called 911 when she felt it was safe to do so.
The only description of the shooter was a Hispanic male with long hair, wearing a baseball hat. The suspect fled on foot and it is unknown if he get into a vehicle or continued on foot. This shooting is considered gang related.
If anyone has any information regarding this shooting, please contact the Salinas Police Department Investigations Bureau at (831) 758-7226. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME. You may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward.
Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant
Telephone: (831) 758-7496