More Shootings Over the Weekend in Seaside
October 8, 2012
Two people are recovering from gunshot wounds after a shooting just before 9pm on Saturday in what’s being investigated as a gang-related crime.
Seaside police responded to numerous calls about gunshots at a mobile home park at 5100 Coe Ave. One man, 19, was shot once in the leg and a 17-year-old boy suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Both are Seaside residents and are expected to recover.
After the shooting, the shooting victims independently arrived at the Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula. Two apartments and a car parked on the street were also struck by bullets.
In another weekend incident, residents reported hearing multiple gunshots around midnight on Friday near the 1800 block of Havana street between La Salle and San Pablo Avenues. There were no apparent victims, and police did not find any vehicles or homes hit by gunfire.
“I wish we knew why there is a rise in violence,” says Seaside Police Investigations Commander Judy Stradan. “We have a large influx of gang members in Seaside.”
Stradan says the recent rise has increased the city’s police manpower.
“We are working with the gang task force and increasing patrol around Seaside,” she says. “We are trying to saturate the streets with more patrol officers at night.”
So far in 2012, there have been 19 confirmed shootings in which either a person or car were hit, or bullet casings were recovered from the scene.