Release Date/Time: 8/27/2016 4:47 AM
Report #: 16-081524
Date: Friday, 8/26/2016
Time: 11:27 PM
Location: 700 Block of Garner Ave.
On August 26, 2016, at 11:27 PM, officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 700 block of Garner Ave. While officers were in route to the area, the call was upgraded to a victim of a shooting in the same area. When officers arrived, they found a 37-year-old Hispanic male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The first arriving officers provided CPR to the victim but when medical personnel arrived, they pronounced the victim deceased at the scene.
The victim had been standing outside with a friend when he went to his car, which was parked on Garner Ave., to retrieve an item. As he was retrieving the item, he was approached by at least two suspects. For unknown reasons, the two male suspects pulled out handguns and fired multiple rounds at the victim. After the shooting, the two males may have fled in a vehicle or ran eastbound on Garner Ave.
The victim, a resident of Salinas, had a very limited history with the Salinas Police Department and was not a gang member. The victim appears to have been a labor worker and the motive for the shooting is unknown. The identity of the victim is being withheld to allow his family time to notify other relatives. Although the way this shooting occurred is consistent with a gang related shooting, it is too early in the investigation to determine why the victim was killed. This is the 25th homicide in the city this year.
The Salinas Police Department's Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information regarding this shooting incident to please contact Detective Rudy Roman at (831) 758-7913; or Detective Ken 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".
Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant
Telephone: (831) 758-7496