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Fernando Valdez of Salinas turns himself in for gang-related shooting that left another man badly injured

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A man wanted on a $1 million arrest warrant stemming from a gang-related shooting that left another man badly injured has turned himself in to Salinas police. Fernando “Freddy” Valdez, 23, surrendered at about 10:30 a.m. Sunday after arranging with his attorney to meet with police, police said.

Valdez was placed under arrest on suspicion of attempted murder and gang allegations, police said. His surrender came three days after police obtained the million-dollar warrant for his arrest in connection with a Sept. 10 attempted murder with a firearm that is considered gang-related, police said.

The victim of the shooting was sitting in a car at the intersection of John Street and South Sanborn Road in Salinas when someone fired shots into the vehicle, police said. He suffered multiple bullet wounds to the torso and was initially in critical condition. He remains hospitalized but his condition has been upgraded to serious but stable, police said today.

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