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* Adan Castro alleged Salinas gang member arrested after suspicion of shooting at a vehicle and police pursuit

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An 18-year-old suspected gang member was arrested in Salinas on Thursday morning on suspicion of shooting at a vehicle and then leading police officers on a pursuit that ended at his home in the eastern part of the city, police said.The shooting was reported at 10:51 a.m. by a Salinas police officer who was approaching the northbound U.S. Highway 101 on-ramp from West Laurel Drive when he saw a driver of a car fire several rounds at another vehicle while they were both stopped on the ramp, police said.The officer followed the vehicle, which continued onto northbound Highway 101 and did not yield to the officer’s emergency lights, according to police.Other officers joined the pursuit of the vehicle, which exited the highway at Boronda Road and traveled east until it reached a home in the 700 block of Josephine Street.The driver of the vehicle, identified as Adan Castro, 18, a suspected Sureno gang member, was arrested without incident along with his 19-year-old girlfriend. The home where the pursuit ended was Castro’s, police said.Officers at the scene of the shooting found several spent shell casings but did not find a weapon or the victim of the shooting.Officers later served a search warrant at Castro’s home and found an assault rifle, gang-related items, and bullets similar to the casings found at the scene of the shooting, according to police.Later Thursday, officers also received an anonymous message that led them to the victim and the victim’s vehicle. Investigators found that the vehicle had been struck several times in the shooting, and the victim’s 18-month-old son was in the car at the time of the shooting, police said.Neither the victim or his son was struck by the gunfire.Castro and his girlfriend were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, possession of a loaded firearm, possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle, evading police officers, and gang enhancements, police said.

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