Shooting leads to lockdown at Salinas schools – California News

Shooting leads to lockdown at Salinas schools – California News



Salinas >> Two teenagers were arrested Thursday after a shooting led to a temporary lockdown at three Salinas schools.

The ShotSpotter gunfire detection system detected several gunshots around the 1000 block of Atlantic Street at 2:52 p.m. Two officers who were patrolling the area observed Justin Mendoza, 18, and a 17-year-old male associate running on Atlantic Street with red bandanas covering their faces while carrying handguns, police said.

Officers pursued the two teenagers and took them into custody without incident, recovering both handguns at the scene.

While investigating the shooting, officers contacted three victims who occupied a vehicle on Atlantic Street before the shooting. Police determined that after a brief confrontation, the two gunmen shot at the victims and fled the area. There were no injuries as a result of the shooting. Three vehicles were hit by bullets.

Jesse G. Sanchez, Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary and La Paz Middle schools were put on temporary lockdown.

Mendoza was booked at county jail for attempted murder and other felony charges. The 17-year-old was booked on similar charges.

Tommy Wright can be reached at 831-726-4375.

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