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* Salinas Man Found Shot Dead Inside Home Identified As Felipe Espiritu Lopez

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A man who was found fatally shot inside a Salinas home on Saturday has been identified by police as 29-year-old Felipe Espiritu Lopez. Neighbors reported hearing shots in the 700 block of Las Casitas Drive around 2:10 p.m. Saturday. At the time, responding officers could not find any sign of a shooting, and there were conflicting reports about whether the sound residents heard was a gunshot or a car backfiring, police said. About two hours later, police received an anonymous tip about a possible deceased person inside a home on that block and returned to investigate.

Officers looking through windows saw Lopez, a Salinas resident, slumped over on the floor of a home and went inside, police said. They confirmed that he had been shot multiple times. Police have not yet determined a motive for the shooting, but said they do not believe it is gang-related.

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