Homicide Victim Identifed

Release Date/Time: 10/9/2020 2:55 PM
Incident: Homicide Victim Identified
Date: Friday, 10/9/2020
Time: 2:55 PM
Location: 1180 South Main Street

On 10/07/20, at approximately, 1955 hours a shooting occurred in the Lucky Grocery Store parking lot at 1180 S. Main Street.

Samuel Mendoza (26) fired several shots striking a 26-year-old man in the leg and killing 22-year-old Rafael Jose Pineda.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Gabriela Contreras at (831) 758-7971 or email her at [email protected]

Call the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7321. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray
Telephone: (831) 758-7350

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