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A 20-year-old Salinas man was wounded in the ankle this morning after two men attacked him just as the victim’s co-workers were about to pick him up to drive to work, a Salinas police spokesman said. The wounded man, who was not identified, was walking from his residence in the 100 block of Tampa Street in Salinas shortly before daybreak after he saw a car drive up with two co-workers, police spokesman Officer Miguel Cabrera said.
Suddenly two male suspects, both holding handguns, emerged from the side of the victim’s home and fired at least six shots at him, hitting him once in the ankle, Cabrera said. “There was no conversation, no argument,” Cabrera said. “So we can’t classify this as gang-associated.” The man, though limping from the wound to his ankle, retreated back into his home and called police at 6:57 a.m., Cabrera said. “When you’re in the midst of a hail of bullets, you’re going to forget pain,” Cabrera said.
The suspects, described at Hispanic males in black clothing and both holding handguns, fled on foot and are still at large, Cabrera said. The co-workers in the car, worried about their safety, drove away from the scene and have yet to talk to police about the shooting, Cabrera said. The man, who was transported to a hospital for treatment, told police he did not know why the suspects would want to shoot him. “He’s lucky that that was the only injury to him,” Cabrera said. The investigation into the shooting is continuing, he said.
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