On January 26, 2016, at approximately 8:32 pm, Salinas Police officers responded to the 1200 block of Nogal Dr. for a victim of shooting. At the time of the shooting, a Salinas Police officer was around the corner on Las Casitas Dr. on an unrelated call. The officer heard the shots and immediately ran to the area of the shooting. He did not see anyone on foot nor a vehicle fleeing the area. The officer found the victim laying on the sidewalk and provided medical care until fire and ambulance personnel arrived. The victim was transported to Natividad Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.
At the time, the victim had no identification on his person and his identity was unknown. Through fingerprints and contact with the family, the victim has been identified as 20 year-old Carlos Esteban Alfaro. Alfaro was a resident of Salinas and lived near the area of the shooting. Alfaro appears to have been walking on the sidewalk in the area of the 1200 block of Nogal Dr. when he was confronted by unknown suspect(s). For unknown reasons, Alfaro was shot multiple times. Alfaro has no known history with the Salinas Police Department. The motive for the shooting is unknown. This is the second homicide in Salinas in 2016.
If anyone has information regarding this homicide, they are asked to contact Detective Schwener at (831) 758-7276. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".