Salinas Experiences Homicide, Multiple Shootings Over the Weekend
June 18, 2012
A gang-related homicide on Friday evening was just the first incident in a spree of violence that rocked Salinas this weekend.
Joel Flores Amador, 18, was sitting in his car at 914 Acosta Plaza when two males approached his car and after a brief conversation, Flores was shot multiple times and succumbed to his injuries. He is the 11th homicide victim of the year in Salinas.
The suspects fled on foot, than stole a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado truck, which was found abandoned and burned on Stirling Road.
On Saturday, a few blocks east, two males were in the parking lot of Elkington Avenue, one was sitting in his car, while the other stood outside. A male, driving a black Toyota Corolla, parked and exited his vehicle and yelled “Plaza” three times at the male standing outside of the car, who recognized it as a gang phrase and began running, when the suspect started shooting at him. No shots struck the man, though he told police he could see bullets hitting the ground around him.
According to witnesses, the suspect was described as a Hispanic, adult male wearing a blue striped shirt and a sombrero. The suspect returned to his vehicle and left the scene.
Early Sunday morning, a 17-year-old male was standing near the Breadbox at 745. N. Sanborn Ave., when three men walked up, challenged him with gang slogans and stabbed him several times. The victim was intoxicated and was uncooperative with police officers who arrived on scene.
An hour later—around 2:00 am—police officers received a call of a fight in front of Winchell’s Donuts on East Alisal. When officers arrived, they found a male victim who said he had been walking home when he was attacked by two Hispanic, adult males. He stated that the two men asked him for money and beat him with a baseball bat when he told them he didn’t have any.