Detectives in Monterey County are hunting for a gunman who fatally shot a man near Salinas Monday night and attempted to carjack a vehicle as he fled the scene, the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office said. At about 7:25 p.m. Monday, sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a gunshot victim at 404 Hyland Drive, which is in an unincorporated area of Monterey County just outside Salinas city limits. Deputies found Mauro Arevano Reyes lying on the kitchen floor with gunshot wounds to his upper body. Reyes was transported to a nearby hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Before deputies arrived, the gunman ran outside the home and attempted to carjack a passing vehicle, but the driver of that car sped away when the suspect attempted to open the driver’s side door. According to the sheriff’s office, the suspect then fired his handgun at the driver, striking the rear of the vehicle as it sped off. The suspect is described as a Hispanic man in his mid 20s who stands approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall. Gang-related activity has not yet been ruled out by the sheriff’s office as a motive for the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Martin Opseth at (831) 755-3718. An autopsy to determine Reyes’ actual cause of death was scheduled for Wednesday at the Monterey County coroner’s office.
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