On February 3, 2016, at approximately 10:00 pm, Edgar Navarro, age 28, was standing in front of the Wash N' Dry Laundromat, located at 341 Williams Rd. He was approached by an unknown Hispanic male, wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and dark pants. The suspect had walked from Grandhaven St., in a northerly direction, through the parking lot to Navarro's location. Without saying anything, the suspect raised a firearm and began shooting at Navarro. Navarro was struck several times and was gravely injured. The suspect fled back onto Grandhaven St. and ran westbound. It is unknown whether the suspect got into a vehicle or continued running to make his escape. Officers and medical personnel attempted first aid but Navarro was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Navarro was a resident of Salinas and lived in the area of the shooting. Navarro was a documented gang member but had not had any contact with the Salinas Police Department for almost a year. He was known to hang out in the area of the laundromat and convenience store next door, on a regular basis. The motive for the shooting is unknown but it does appear to be gang related. This is the third homicide in Salinas this year.
If anyone has information regarding this homicide, they are asked to contact Detective Craig at (831) 758-7929 or Detective Murphy at (831) 758-7322. 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".