General Crime

* Salinas gang related shooting in the area of Rogge Road at Kelton Drive

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Monterey County sheriff’s deputies arrested two teens in Salinas who were suspected of a gang-related shooting Wednesday night, a sheriff’s spokesman said today.The shooting occurred at about 7:40 p.m. in the area of Rogge Road at Kelton Drive, an unincorporated area of Monterey County, sheriff’s Cmdr. Mike Richards said.The suspects, ages 16 and 17, were driving a stolen 2002 gray Honda Civic when they came across a 31-year-old man and started shooting at him, Richards said. The victim ran to a nearby house to escape the bullets, but the occupants of the house threw him out.The suspects left and were stopped a short time later by Salinas police officers who had been alerted to the shooting.The shooting appears to have been gang-related as the two suspects are both members of the Sureno gang and the victim is a parolee and Norteno drop-out, Richards said. The man was not harmed in the shooting, he said. The house he entered, however, sustained a bullet hole.The gun used in the shooting was stolen two years ago during a home burglary in Salinas, Richards said. Deputies found gloves and a black ski mask inside the car, which was stolen from an auto repair shop.Sheriff’s deputies booked the juveniles into Monterey County juvenile hall on several charges, including attempted murder, firing into an occupied residence,possession of stolen property and criminal conspiracy.

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