Seaside shaken by second homicide in less than three months.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Gunshots rang out in Seaside last night on the 1400 block of Kenneth Street; witnesses reported hearing up to 20 shots fired.
When officers arrived around 9pm Dec. 1, they found 20-year-old Christopher Joaquin Glenn with a gunshot wound to his upper back. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Another victim whose name was not released was treated for gunshot wounds at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.
Five Seaside residents were arrested in relation to the shooting, according to a Seaside Police Department press release. "Their house has been the target of several shootings," the SSPD states. "Although several of the involved members have gang ties, the motive for the shooting is unknown."
The incident marks the eighth shooting in roughly six months. In October police responded to another shooting on the 1400 block of Kenneth, which was apparently gang-related; the victim survived.
But in September, a double shooting on Luxton Street resulted in one homicide.
The spike in violence comes at a volatile time for the SSPD. The department has been in turmoil since the August suspension of Chief Steve Cercone, leading some to question whether his absence has created a window of opportunity for gang-bangers.
While the majority of this year's shooting are believed to be gang-related, the prior two years have only seen one homicide each, both of them domestic. There were no homicides in 2006 or 2005.