Shooting at Central California Taco Shop Kills 3
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - A 21-year-old man was arrested Monday on suspicion of opening fire outside a Salinas taco shop during a pre-dawn gang brawl, killing three people and injuring four others in the city that has seen 10 killings in 12 days.
Giovanni Pacheco was taken into custody hours after the shooting and booked into Monterey County Jail on three counts of murder and four counts of attempted murder, Salinas police said.
The 1:30 a.m. shooting happened after a fight inside Taco's Choice restaurant spilled outside, police said. It was the latest in a spate of recent violence, AP reported.
Arriving officers found a 22-year-old man dead from gunshot wounds. A 28-year-old man who also was shot several times was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
A 25-year-old man died from gunshot wounds Monday afternoon after he was taken to the hospital in critical condition, said Cmdr. Sheldon Bryan.
Cmdr. Dave Shaw said the shooting occurred after two different groups in the restaurant started brawling.
The conflict moved into a parking lot, where it grew into "a pretty decent-sized fight" before someone pulled a handgun and began firing into the crowd, Shaw said.
The four other victims, including a 53-year-old woman who was shot multiple times, were expected to survive.
Salinas, a farming town in Central California, has seen an uptick in violent crime in recent weeks, Shaw said. There have been 14 killings so far this year, including 10 in the past 12 days. Last year, there were 22, including at least 11 that were confirmed to be gang-related.