Release Date/Time: 8/30/2016 4:05 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 16-0811681

Date: Tuesday, 8/30/2016

Time: 12:57 AM

Location: Parking Lot of 1 Bridge St.

On August 30, 2016, at approximately 12:57 am, Salinas Police received a call of a shooting victim somewhere in the under 100 block of Soledad St. When officers arrived they were unable to find a victim. Officers continued to look in the area and found a victim in the parking lot of 1 Bridge St. The victim had sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced deceased on scene.

The investigation has revealed the actual shooting may have occurred at least 15 minutes prior to the actual call to 911. There had been no calls to report any gunshots heard in the area. The victim, a 20-year-old male, was known to frequent the area and was transient. It is unknown why he was in the area where the shooting occurred and why he was targeted.

The identity of the victim is being withheld until proper notification to his family can be made. It is too early in the investigation to determine if this is a gang related shooting. The delay in contacting police and the nature of the call resulted in the area being deserted and no witnesses could be located. This is the 27th homicide of the year in Salinas and the ninth in the month of August.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone who may have information regarding this homicide or may have seen a vehicle fleeing the area, contact Detective Derek Gibson at (831) 758-7442 or Detective Jared Sivertson at (831) 758-7132. 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".

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

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