Salinas Police

A 16-year-old Everett Alvarez High School student was shot dead Sunday night, while he rode his bike around his East Salinas neighborhood, police say.

Police were called to Orchard and Sieber avenues about 9pm to a report of a shooting. Officers arrived within minutes, and found the teen, who has been identified as Juan Angel Perez, dead on the street.

Salinas Police Cmdr. Vince Maiorana says there were about 100 people on the street when officers arrived, but have received little information that could lead to any arrest.

"People have not been cooperative with us," Maiorana says.

The information obtained from witnesses details three suspects wearing dark clothing approaching Perez while he rode his bike. The suspects, who Maiorana says were likely involved in gangs, fired several shots at him and then ran away.

Perez had no criminal record with the police department and is not a known gang member, Maiorana says.

The deadly shooting marks Salinas' 34th homicide this year.

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