Five homicides in Salinas is a grim start to New Year.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
The Salinas Police Department is pulling cops off their desk jobs to combat a grim streak of gang-related shootings that has left five dead in four days.
At a press conference Tuesday, Deputy Police Chief Cassie McSorley said the department has assigned several sergeants who normally work administrative jobs to the streets. “We are trying to respond as best as we can with the resources that we have,” McSorley said.
Three homicides occurred Monday, starting with 15-year-old Alisal High School student Juan Jose Perez, who was shot down while walking to school, police said. Two Salinas men died from gunshot wounds Sunday. Police Sgt. Don Cline said witnesses have come forward in the five homicides but they need more help from the community to solve the crimes.
The department's anonymous tip line is 775-4222.