SALINAS, Calif. - Salinas police officers responded to a report of a shooting at 1115 Circle Drive at 10 p.m. Saturday. This was the fourth shooting this week in the Salinas area.
The 27-year-old male victim was hanging out in front of his house with friends after their softball game when a reported blue Chevy Silverado drove up and down the street. The car stopped across from the house and the passenger in the car opened fired.
The victim was shot in the chest. He was then transported to Natividad Medical Center. He was not able to be life-flighted due to weather conditions. On Sunday he had exploratory surgery to determine the extent of injury caused by the gunshot. He is stable, but his condition is still classified as critical.
Watch Commander David Crabill, from the Salinas Police Department said, "The shootings in the past week are indicative of gang-related retaliatory shootings that we have seen in the past."
The police department is looking into the links of the shootings to try to stop any further violence. However, the witnesses and victim of the shooting from last night are making it hard for them to continue the investigation.
"One of the most frustrating angles that we have especially in this case last night is the lack of cooperation from the witnesses and the victim," said Crabill.
The police department is continuing to do their best to get to the bottom of the recent string of shootings, and until they do, they recommend being aware of your surroundings at all times.