SALINAS, Calif.- Two teenagers are shot at on Friday night in one Salinas neighborhood, turning Black Friday into a violent one on Garner Avenue. One of the 19-year-olds escaped un-hit. But the other wasn't so lucky. He was hit two or three times, including once in his head.
It's new information on a story we first told you as breaking news at 5pm. It happened around 4:45pm and now people in the neighborhood are saying they're done with the violence. We spoke with a mom whose son was dangerously close to those bullets. Mom Janet DiMaggio said her worst nightmare was close to becoming a reality.
"I can't stay here. I'm just a nervous wreck. I worry about my son everyday," said mom Janet DiMaggio said.
She said her 19-year-old son was out washing a car on Garner Street with his friend Friday evening when she heard the sound of gunshots right outside her front door.
"I heard six shots and I was in the bathroom in the house. I came running out and my son was on the ground," DiMaggio said.
DiMaggio said her son was lying on the ground trying to help his 19-year-old friend who was shot in the head. Other witnesses said the suspects drove off in a brown car and looked like teenagers. Police said this shooting is considered gang-related. DiMaggio said it's situations like this, making her trapped in her neighborhood. After losing her job, her home and her car recently, DiMaggio said she had nowhere else to go but here with her only son.
"What's wrong with these kids nowadays. I don't understand this," DiMaggio said.
14-year-old Edger Patricio said he feels trapped too. Patricio said a lot of teenagers try to stay away from a life of crime in Salinas. But he said sometimes it seems unavoidable.
"Sometimes I'm scared to go out. My mom won't even let me go out. It's terrifying," said Edgar Patricio.
Police aren't able to give out a ton of information about the shooting. We do know they're looking for four suspects in their late teens to early twenties. Police said the victim is in stable condition tonight at the hospital.