Salinas police today are investigating the shooting death of a young man at a city park on Tuesday and a separate case in which a 15-year-old boy was shot and wounded in a neighborhood near U.S. Highway 101 on Monday. The murder victim was sitting on the bleachers at Closter Park at 401 Towt St. around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday when he was shot multiple times, police said.
Witnesses reported seeing numerous people fleeing the park after the shooting, police said. The victim was taken to a hospital, where he died, police said. Police found no identification on the victim, who was in his late teens to early 20s, and detectives are attempting to identify him through fingerprints, police Sgt. Mike Groves said. Detectives also found no evidence of gang involvement, Groves said. However, police do believe that Monday’s shooting of the teenage boy was gang-related, Groves said.
The teen was riding his bicycle in the 1400 block of Cherokee Drive at about 3:50 p.m. when three males approached and started talking to him, police said. The boy, sensing he was in danger, tried to flee but was shot in the upper torso and leg, police said. The suspects fled, heading south on Cherokee Drive in a green Honda Accord. The shooter is described as a 20-year-old Hispanic man who wore a black beanie. Police have made no arrests in either of the shootings, Groves said.
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