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Update: Salinas man found guilty of Block Avenue homicide

SALINAS, Calif. - UPDATE: 12/11/2017 A Salinas man has been found guilty of first degree murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of shooting at a residence. 

The homicide took place on May 8, 2016, where 19-year-old Fabian Alvarado drove up to a victim's home on Block Avenue in Salinas. According to the Monterey County District Attorney's Office, Alvarado shot victim, Mario Puga while he was working on his car in the driveway with two other family members. Alvarado got out of his car and ran up to Puga's garage where he shot at least ten bullets. Puga was struck three times and died at the scene. 

Surveillance video from neighbors showed Alvarado's car was involved in the shooting. 

Detectives spotted Alvarado driving his car the very next day. During a search warrant of his home, officers found numerous firearms and ammunition, including the firearm used to shoot Puga. 

Alvarado is scheduled to be sentenced on January 10, 2018. He faces 104 years to life in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. 

 

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One man is dead after a shooting in the 300 block of Block Avenue.

Several people called 911 after hearing about 20 shots around 10:45 p.m.

When police arrived, they found a 21-year-old man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body. He was pronounced dead on scene.

Police say the victim was working on a car when an unknown gunman approached and fired at him several times.

The suspect is described as Hispanic man wearing a light colored sweatshirt with the hood pulled up. 

After the shooting, the suspect may have fled in a dark colored mid-sized SUV. It was last seen traveling westbound on Block Avenue toward Kip Drive.

This shooting is being investigated as gang related. This is the 13th homicide in the City of Salinas this year. 


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