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* Two men were injured in an apparent gang-related shooting in Salinas

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Two men in their 40s were injured in an apparent gang-related shooting in Salinas Friday night, police said today.  The shooting was reported shortly before 7:50 p.m. Friday in the 100 block of Columbine Drive, according to police. The victims, ages 40 and 43, were standing along with several other people in front of an apartment when a red Nissan Sentra pulled up. A male suspect got out of the passenger side of the car, walked up to the group and opened fire, police said. The two victims were struck multiple times by the gunfire. They were hospitalized with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening, according to police. The suspect got back in the car and fled. A few minutes later, a resident on Parkside Street called to report a suspicious vehicle. The resident reported a red Nissan Sentra made a rapid U-turn on Parkside Street then stopped, and two male suspects got out of the Nissan and into a brown SUV, possibly a Chevrolet Trailblazer, police said. The driver of the SUV was a female, and both male suspects were described as Hispanic men in their 20s, both of whom were described as short, thin, and wearing dark, checkered Pendleton jackets, according to police. Responding police officers positively identified the Nissan as the vehicle involved in the shooting. It had been reported stolen from an agricultural field on Alisal Road near Hartnell College’s East Campus earlier Friday.  
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