2 dead, 5 injured in Salinas taco restaurant shooting

Salinas had 3 homicides in 3 hours

(Aug. 4, 2013)    KSBW / Jimmy Celaya


SALINAS, Calif. —There were three homicides within three hours in Salinas.

A brawl broke out at 1:38 a.m. Monday inside Tacos Choice restaurant at 608 Williams Road. When the fight spilled outside into a parking lot, a man pulled out a gun and began firing at the crowd.

Two men were shot dead. A 25-year-old man was critically wounded and police found him at the corner of Bardin and Williams roads. He was still alive Monday morning. Four more victims were treated at local hospitals for non-life-threatening injuries.

The Central Coast does not have a trauma center, and helicopters could not fly any victims to Bay Area trauma centers because it was too foggy to fly.

The deadly brawl was gang-related, according to detectives.

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