A 31-year-old man is expected to survive after being shot early this morning in Salinas in an alleged gang-related dispute, a police commander said. Police were called at 4:46 a.m. to the area of Santa Rita and East Lamar streets on a report of a man who was shot, Salinas police Cmdr. Henry Gomez said. The victim was sitting in a vehicle with another person when two males passed by in a separate vehicle and a passenger in it confronted him, police said.
The shooting victim and the other’s car’s passenger exchanged words, got out and started fighting, Gomez said. The driver of the suspect vehicle exited and fired a shot from a handgun into the victim’s upper midsection, according to Gomez. The suspects, described as Hispanic males in late teens to early 20s, were last seen driving away in a black vehicle similar to a Honda heading south on Santa Rita Street, police said.
The driver of the victim’s car then drove to the residence of the wounded man’s girlfriend. The victim had requested to go there because he thought he was going to die and wanted to see her, Gomez said. Officers and emergency responders arrived at the girlfriend’s home and the victim was transported to a Bay Area hospital, where he is expected to survive, police said. Police believe that the shooting was related to gang activity, Gomez said.
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