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* Salinas 15th Homicide Victim Identified As Richard Pimentel

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A man slain on a Salinas street Wednesday evening has been identified as Richard Pimentel, 22, of Salinas, police said. Pimentel was shot in the head from behind by a man who had just walked past him on a street filled with pedestrians and motorists during rush hour, according to police. Witnesses to the 6 p.m. shooting in the 300 block of North Main Street only gave police a vague description of the suspect, Officer Miguel Cabrera said. “The suspect was seen running behind a Salvation Army building, and disappeared,” Cabrera said. Although the shooting happened during rush hour and many people were in the area at the time, few people saw the shooting, Cabrera said.

The homicide does not appear to be gang-related or part of a robbery, 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 Pimentel lying on the sidewalk. He was later pronounced dead by medical personnel. 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. Police have still not arrested anyone in connection with the shooting, Cabrera said. Pimentel’s homicide is the 15th of the year in Salinas.

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