Release Date/Time: 1/9/2017 12:26 PM
Incident: Homicide Update-Victim Identification
Report #: 17-010326
Date: Monday, 1/9/2017
Time: 12:30 PM
Location: Parking Lot of 1980 N. Main St.
On January 7, 2017, at approximately 11:40 PM, Salinas Police officers responded to the parking lot of 1980 N. Main St. on the report of a shooting. Officers found 26-year-old Daniel Juarez Morales of Salinas, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. Morales was pronounced deceased at the scene.
An altercation may have started in the Buffalo Wild Wings between two groups of males. The security guard was able to get between the groups so the argument stayed verbal but each group threw out some gang signs. A short time later, the victim went out into the parking lot to leave and was confronted by the suspects. It is unknown if anything was said but one of the suspects opened fire and shot the victim. They then jumped into a possibly white, Chevy S10 pick-up that was last seen eastbound on Boronda Rd. A very vague description of a male wearing dark clothing was given for the suspect, but nothing further.
The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone who may have information regarding this shooting, the altercation inside Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant, or may have seen the vehicle fleeing the area, contact Detective Byron Gansen at (831) 758-7137 or [email protected]; or Detective G. Garibay at (831) 758-7971 or [email protected]. 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.
Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane
Telephone: (831) 758-7496