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* Salinas Man Shot From Behind Still Not Identified As Police Search For Suspect

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The unidentified man slain on a street in Salinas Wednesday night was shot in the head from behind by a man who had just walked past him among pedestrians and motorists during rush-hour, according to police. Witnesses could only furnish a vague description of the assailant after the shooting, which was reported around 6 p.m. in the 300 block of North Main Street, Officer Miguel Cabrera said. “The suspect was seen running behind a Salvation Army building, and disappeared,” Cabrera said. Even though the shooting occurred during the peak traffic time after work with many people on the street and in cars leaving for home, few people saw the shooting, Cabrera said.

The motive for the slaying does not appear to be gang-related, and police have ruled out robbery as well, Cabrera said. “The victim was walking in one direction, and the suspect in the other,” Cabrera said. “Then the suspect turns around and shoots him in the back of the head for some reason. “It sounds like the suspect meant business,” he said. “As far as we know, no words were spoken.” Officers arriving at the scene found the victim, in his mid 20s, lying on the sidewalk. He was later pronounced dead by medical personnel.

Police were still trying to identify the victim, who carried no identification. Witnesses described the suspect as a Hispanic man between 30 and 40 years old who was wearing a red shirt and dark pants. He was last seen running behind the Salvation Army store on North Main Street toward Bridge Street, police said. The homicide is the 15th of the year in Salinas.

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