Violent Crime

* Four Teens Shot, Two Killed in Apparent Gang Shootings in Salinas

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Four teenagers were shot — two fatally — in a 13-hour span in Salinas in three separate incidents that appear to have been gang related, police said. Frank Sanchez, 16, was shot in the head and killed a couple of blocks from a police station at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. About seven minutes later, Kristian Zamudio, 16, was shot multiple
times in the torso and was found lying on Prado Street with a 14-year-old boy who had also been shot multiple times. Zamudio died at the scene, and the 14-year-old boy was flown to a Bay Area hospital, where he remains in critical condition. The fourth teenager, a 15-year-old boy, was shot at about 9:30 a.m. today at Del Monte and Kilbreth avenues. He was flown to a Bay Area hospital, underwent surgery this afternoon and was last reported to be in serious condition. All three incidents appear to be gang related, and police are asking the community for help solving the cases, Salinas Police spokesman Officer Lalo Villegas said. “I don’t know what it’s going to take for a public outcry,” he said. “Our first homicide of the year was a 6-year-old, now we have two 16-year-olds shot dead.”
Sanchez was shot while sitting in a car in the vicinity of Capitol and West Market streets in Salinas, authorities said. He was flown to a Bay Area hospital where he was pronounced dead. Witnesses reported seeing a person wearing a dark colored sweatshirt running from the scene toward Main Street after the incident, police said.
Villegas said police need the public to cooperate to send a strong message to gang members. “It’s not going to stop unless people step forward and let gang members know they’re not going to tolerate this behavior in their
neighborhoods,” he said. Please call the Fugitive Watch hot line at 1-800-9-CAUGHT (1-800-922-8448) or text us at 408-355-0999 or CLICK HERE to send a confidential email tip, if you have any information that can help solve this crime.

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