Release Date/Time: 5/4/2016 2:41 AM
Incident: Homicide/Attempted Homicide
Report #: 16-050160
Date: Tuesday, 5/3/2016
Time: 9:00 PM
Location: Acosta St. and Machado Way
On May 3, 2016, at approximately 9:00 pm, officers were called to the area of Acosta St. and Machado Way on the report of a shooting victim. When officers arrived they found two victims suffering multiple gunshot wounds. One victim, who was seated in the driver's seat of a parked vehicle, was shot several times and pronounced deceased by medical personnel. That victim was identified as Marcos Jesus Martinez-Ruiz, age 27, of Salinas. The officers were able to assist a 21-year-old male who was eventually transported to Natividad Medical Center. He is being listed in stable but critical condition with life-threatening injuries.
The preliminary investigation revealed the victims were seated in their parked vehicle near their residence, listening to music. For unknown reasons, the suspect vehicle drove up next to the victim vehicle and fired several gunshots into the driver's side of the vehicle. The suspect vehicle, described as a dark colored SUV or truck, fled the area northbound on Machado Way or westbound on Acosta St. No further information is being released at this time.
The victims have no history with the Salinas Police Department and there are no indications they are involved in gang activity. The motive for the shooting is unknown. This is the 11th homicide in the City of Salinas this year.
The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone who may have seen the shooting occur or may have seen a vehicle fleeing the area, contact Detective Schwener at (831) 758-7276 or Detective Craig at (831) 758-7929. 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, or text information to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".
Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant
Telephone: (831) 758-7496