Salinas police respond to the 4th homicide of the year

SALINAS, Calif. - UPDATE: The victim of Salinas' 4th homicide of the year has been identified as 32-year-old Gabriel Jimenez Avalos. Avalos was pronounced deceased by medical personnel at the scene.

It appears Avalos was talking with another man, a male in his 40's, when they were approached by two male suspects. The suspects were dressed in dark hoodies and possible blue jeans. One of the suspects asked the victims where they were from and both suspects pulled handguns from their waistbands. The suspects were last seen running eastbound on Eisenhower toward Barkley St. It is unknown where they went from there.

It is being investigated as gang-related.



A man was shot and killed in Salinas, early Sunday afternoon. Police responded to Eisenhower and Arthur Street just after 12:15 p.m. and found the male victim dead at the scene. The victim is believed to be about 40 years old. 

Police tell KION they have two possible suspects. Investigators are trying to find a connection between the suspects and the victim. 

"(We don't have) much information on them, so we’re still trying to piece together what happened. We don’t have a motive. We’re trying to understand the correlation between the suspects and victim,"  Assistant Police Chief Robeto Filice, said. 

This is the 4th homicide of 2018 in Salinas. 

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

comments powered by Disqus

Most Popular Stories