Release Date/Time: 4/5/2016 4:55 AM
Report #: 16-040218
Date: Monday, 4/4/2016
Time: 9:38 PM
Location: F/O 850 Garner Ave.
On April 4, 2016, at approximately 9:40 pm, several people called 911 reporting a shooting, with a victim down, in the 800 blk of Garner Ave. When officers arrived they found 16-year-old Jose Luis Valdez, suffering from at least one gunshot wound. Medical attention was provided by bystanders and officers until medical personnel arrived. Valdez was taken by ambulance to Natividad Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased shortly after arrival.
The apartment complex located at 850 Garner Ave. was struck several times by gunfire. One of the rounds went through an exterior wall into an occupied apartment. One of the bullets traveled into the apartment, through a couch, a pillow and struck a 12-year-old boy in the hand. The bullet caused a minor wound that was treated by medical personnel at the scene. His wound did not necessitate any further medical attention.
Another bullet struck a water main for the apartment complex causing one apartment to flood, resulting in minor damage. At least one other apartment was struck with the bullets traveling into the interior causing minor damage.
The initial investigation found that Valdez had recently left a residence nearby and was walking to meet a friend or two. For unknown reasons, Valdez was confronted by at least two persons with handguns. They fired several rounds, striking the apartments and killing Valdez as he tried to run to safety from the suspects. It is not known if the suspects fled on foot or in a vehicle.
This homicide is the 9th homicide this year and is being investigated as gang related. If anyone has information regarding this homicide, they are asked to contact Detective Sivertson at (831) 758-7132 or Detective Gibson at (831) 758-7442. 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".
Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane
Telephone: (831) 758-7496