UPDATE: Two arrested for attempted murder in Salinas

SALINAS, Calif. - UPDATE: 9/14/2017 3:24 p.m. Two suspects were arrested after shooting at three victims in East Salinas. 

According to Salinas Police, shotspotter detected several gunshots in the area around 1000 block of Atlantic Street, before 12 p.m. Thursday. Officers were in the area and saw two teenage boys running on Atlantic Street with red bandanas covering their face and carrying guns. 

Officers arrested 18-year-old Justin Mendoza and a 17-year-old male juvenile. Two handguns were also recovered at the scene where the arrest took place. 

While investigating, Salinas Police said they contacted three victims nearby. 

"It was determined that after a brief confrontation both suspects shot at the victims and then quickly fled the area. There were no injuries as a result of the shooting but three vehicles were found with bullet strikes," said Commander Vince Maiorana. 

Three schools in the area were on temporary lockdown, Jesse Sanchez Elementary School, MLK Elementary and La Paz Middle.

Mendoza was booked at the Monterey County Jail for attempted murder and other related felonies. The 17-year-old was booked in Monterey County Juvenile Hall with similar charges. 


Reports of police activity in east Salinas has placed at least two schools on lockdown.

Witnesses reported hearing gunshots just before 12 p.m. Thursday. Shotspotter detected six gun shots on Atlantic Street in East Salinas.

A nearby officer had observed a car speeding off. The officer caught up to the vehicle and found three juveniles inside. It's unclear whether the people in the car were involved in a shooting. Police said no one was hit.

Martin Luther King Jr. Academy on Sanborn Road was placed on lockdown, according to school officials. Jesse Sanchez Elementary and La Paz Middle School were also on lockdown. That lockdown has since been lifted.

Our KION reporter Mariana Hicks witnessed officers handcuffing a juvenile boy next to La Paz Middle School.

Calls have been made to Salinas Police and the article will be updated as more information becomes available.


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