Release Date/Time: 4/5/2017 4:22 PM
Incident: Attempted Homicide
Date: Wednesday, 4/5/2017
Time: 4:22 PM
Location: 1301 North Davis Road
Release Authorized by: Sgt. Brian Johnson, Investigations Bureau
On March 27, 2017, at approximately 9:20pm, officers were dispatched to a victim of a shooting at the Applebee's Restaurant, located at 1301 North Davis Road. Patrol officers arrived and found a 27-year-old male suffering from gunshot wounds. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Patrol officers investigated the incident and obtained enough suspect information to determine the shooter had fled the scene toward Highway 101. With the assistance of the CHP Helicopter, 34-year-old Royce Curl was located a short time later and taken in to custody. He was lodged at the Monterey County Jail for attempted murder and other charges.
During the investigation, Patrol officers and detectives reviewed video from the restaurant. The video shows several males were involved in a discussion near the front of the restaurant. The group walked through the doors towards the parking lot. As Curl exited the building, he turned and fired several rounds towards the restaurant. Surveillance video showed customers in the crowded restaurant trying to take cover from the shots being fired in their direction. The victim was hit several times. During the review of the video, officers discovered a second shooter had exited the restaurant after Curl and fired gunshots at Curl as he fled through the crowded parking lot. Somehow, no other people were injured during the shootout.
The Investigations Bureau authored an arrest warrant for 27-year-old Timothy Hampton. Hampton was contacted near the Salinas Police Department on April 4th and taken into custody without incident. He was lodged in Monterey County Jail for attempted murder, assault with a firearm, and negligent discharge of a firearm.
The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone who may have seen the shooting or has any knowledge of the shooting to call Detective Jared Sivertson at (831) 758-7132 or Detective Derek Gibson at (831) 758-7442. 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.