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Salinas police stretched thin on deadly Labor Day

Three Salinas shootings in less than 24 hours

Three shootings less than 24 hours apart in Salinas

SALINAS, Calif. - The Salinas Police Department went from one scene to the next, on what proved to be a very laborous labor day.

"We're stretched extremely thin. So the next watch was called in extremely early and they filled in for swing shift who is working all these shootings now," said SPD Sergeant John Lynn.

Just after 9:00 p.m. shots rang out on Las Cruces Court in Salinas.

"The victim suffered pretty grave injuries, he's still alive. So we're trying to process the scene as best as we can for the preservation of evidence," said Lynn.

According to police the 29-year-old victim was sitting in a vehicle when he was shot multiple times. The shooter then fled to an awaiting vehicle which sped out of the area. The victim was rushed to the hospital.

"While in route to the hospital officers contacted them. They got fire and medical to take over that scene to transport him to a local hospital for treatment," said Lynn.

And while all this was happening, two other investigations were far from over.

"We still haven't finished the first two and were on the third one right now," said Lynn.

At 6:28 p.m. a shooting on the 1600 block of El Dorado Drive.  According to police multiple rounds were fired and a 25-year-old man was shot one time in the lower body as he stood in front of his home.

"When the officers were responding, one of the officers saw a vehicle that matched the suspect's description. A vehicle pursuit began. It led us to east Salinas and ended on the 700 block of Elkington," said SPD Commander John Murray.

The passenger jumped out and got away, however the driver of the vehicle, Jairo Zamoro was taken into custody.

"It certainly helps to get a good description of the suspect vehicle. We were able to get that information out," said Murray.

Zamoro was booked into Monterey County Jail on multiple charges; including attempted murder, resisting arrest, and DUI. Which leads us to where it all began. Labor Day morning shortly after 1:00 a.m. A 53-year old man murdered at a Chinatown hotel. The final tally on the day...one murder, two attempted murders, and countless lives changed.


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