Release Date/Time: 9/17/2016 12:15 PM
Report #: 16-090927
Date: Saturday, 9/17/2016
Time: 4:05 PM
Location: Lake Street and Bridge Alley
On September 16, 2016, at approximately 4:05 pm, officers were dispatched to Lake St. and Bridge Alley on the report of a shooting victim. Officers found a 23-year-old black male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers provided initial medical aid until they were relieved by paramedics from Salinas Fire and American Medical Response Ambulance. the victim was transported to Natividad Medical Center (NMC) in critical condition with life-threatening injuries. A few hours later, medical personnel from NMC contacted Salinas Police and advised the victim had died from his injuries.
As with the other recent shootings that have occurred in the Chinatown area this year, there were very few witnesses that would come forward with information. The crime occurred during a time of day where several people are usually in the area, but the information about what occurred is scarce. The victim was standing in the area when he was approached by an unknown male. The suspect was described as an African-American male with a skinny build. He was wearing all black, with a black mask covering his face. After the shooting, the suspect may have fled southbound in Bridge Alley toward Market Way.
The identity of the victim is being withheld until the family is able to make notifications to their other family members. The motive for this shooting is unknown at this time. This is the 30th homicide in Salinas this year.
The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone who may have information regarding this shooting or may have seen the suspect fleeing the area, contact Detective Ken Hendrickson at (831) 758-7129 or Detective Rudy Roman at (831) 758-7913. 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, or text information to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".