Police Chief Eric Sills, covering both Greenfield and Soledad, worked two crime scenes on Tuesday after two shootings that occurred an hour apart. Two victims, with gang connections according to police, were flown to local hospitals. Their condition is not known.
In Soledad, a 19-year-old man was shot at approximately 6:25 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Soledad Police Department after officers responded to the 200 block of Third Street near Palm Avenue and found the victim with a gunshot wound to his upper left arm and torso. Also responding were Gonzales officers who responded and assisted Soledad PD with crime scene security. According to the police report, the victim was treated, taken to Vosti Park and flown to a Bay Area trauma center.
He said he had been seated in his vehicle when an unknown suspect approached the driver’s side and began shooting and immediately fled. It is unknown if he had a vehicle or was on foot.
The victim, according to Soledad police, is known to be an active gang member. They can not confirm a motive.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Jorge Arreola at 831-223-5166, the Soledad PD at 831-223-5121 or anonymously at WeTIP, 1-800-782-7463.
Just an hour later, a 29-year-old man was shot in Greenfield around 7:26 p.m. Officers heard approximately five to six shots and responded to Palm Avenue and 11th Street. Upon arrival, they were flagged down by the victim who had been shot in the thigh and shoulder.
He was given medical treatment and flown to a Bay Area trauma center, according to the report.
The victim said he had been walking southbound on 11th Street when a passenger in a parked white sedan left the vehicle and began shooting at him, immediately speeding off in the vehicle. The victim fell to the ground and the vehicle sped off.
As in the Soledad incident, there was no known motive, but the victim was known to associate with local gangs in the past. There is indication he is currently an active gang member, police said.
Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to contact Detectve Rey Medeles at 831-674-5111, ext. 2261.
If you wish to remain anonymous, call WeTIP at 1-800-782-7463.
“We are investigating both of these incidents,” said Sills.
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