SALINAS, Calif. - Update 8/11/2017 11:46 a.m. Two people have been arrested, one for attempted murder in connection to a shooting in July.
"This was a shooting investigation, but it was gang related," said Salinas Police Cmdr. John Murray. "It's connected to a shooting that occurred on July 27th near the intersection of Front and Alisal. That shooting occurred not too far from a mortuary where a viewing was taking place for a recent homicide victim."
Friday morning, Salinas SWAT and the Monterey County Sheriff's Office raided a home on the 200 block of Paloma Avenue in Salinas and a home in Greenfield on the 300 block of Palm Avenue.
According to Salinas Police 29-year-old Marcial Allen Elizalde was the shooter in the 7-27-17 incident.
BELOW: Marcial Elizalde (29)
ISAAC JIMENEZ, AGE 20
Jimenez ran out of the Salinas home with two guns during the raid. The SWAT team was able to arrest the 20-year-old without injuries. Two of the four guns seized were stolen.
"Officers on the perimeter challenged the suspect at gunpoint, they de-escalted the situation and took that suspect into custody without incident. A shotgun was recovered from that residence and a firearm was recovered from the residence in Greenfield."
So far this year, according to the Salinas Police Department, there have been 15 gang related shootings and homicides.
Monterey County has an estimated 5,000 certified and affiliated gang members. About 3000 of them are living in Salinas.
Police said the search warrant raid is just one of many efforts to decrease those numbers.
"Since the violence suppression unit was brought back together late last year they've made a number of impressive cases,” said Murray. “I want to ensure the public that as the department grows we hope to grow the unit and continue our good work."