Release Date/Time: 1/23/2017 2:23 PM
Incident: Shooting Update--Homicide
Report #: 17-010940
Date: Monday, 1/23/2017
Time: 1:53 PM
Location: 700 Blk of Mae Ave.
On January 20, 2017, at approximately 12:50 pm, Salinas Police received a ShotSpotter alert of multiple shots fired in the 700 block of Mae Ave. Officers began responding and just prior to going on scene, the first call came in of a shooting victim. Officers found 15-year-old Jesus Silva Hernandez suffering from at least one gunshot wound to the head. Hernandez was transported to Natividad Medical Center for treatment. On Sunday, January 22nd, the police department was notified Hernandez had died from the injuries suffered in the shooting.
It appears Hernandez would frequently stand in the area of Mae Ave. and C St., to utilize a Wi-Fi signal coming from a nearby location. He was talking on the phone when he was approached by a male in dark clothing. For unknown reasons, Hernandez was shot multiple times and the male fled to a waiting black colored, 4-door sedan. The sedan was last seen westbound on Del Monte Ave.
Hernandez was resident of Salinas and has no known history with local law enforcement. The Investigations Bureau is investigating this homicide as gang related due to the way the shooting was committed and the belief the suspects are associated with local gangs. This is the sixth homicide (including the suspect killed in the Officer Involved Shooting) recorded in the City of Salinas this year.
The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information about this homicide to contact Detective Ken Schwener at (831) 758-7276 or [email protected]. 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.
Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant
Telephone: (831) 758-7496