On Saturday January 17, 2015 at approximately 7:00 pm Officers responded to Santa Rita St. regarding a victim of a shooting. When Officers arrived, they contacted a 13 year old boy who was suffering from gunshot wounds in what was determined to be a gang related shooting. The victim was transported to the hospital and will survive his injuries.
Initial investigation revealed while the victim was walking with a friend on Santa Rita Street, a Hispanic male adult approached the victim on foot while holding a handgun. The suspect challenged the victim with a gang related comment and quickly shot the victim. The suspect fled from the area prior police arriving in the area.
As the investigation progressed, Investigators were able to identify Jose Christian Regalado (18) as the shooting suspect in this case. Regalado was arrested at his residence at 323 Hayse St. and later booked into the Monterey County Jail for attempted murder, Assault with a deadly weapon and gang enhancements.
Investigators are looking for witnesses or anyone who may have information regarding this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department Investigations Division at 831-758-7226. 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.
Release Date/Time: 1/20/2015 9:53 AM
Incident: Attempted Homicide (Shooting)
Date: Tuesday, 1/17/2015
Time: 7.00 PM
Location: Santa Rita Street
Release Authorized by: Commander Vincent Maiorana