A woman was found dead on the morning of Sept. 3, in Salinas after she was shot in the third homicide in the city in less than 48 hours, police said on Sept. 4.
Officers were dispatched at 7:11 a.m. to the 900 block of Acosta Plaza after someone told police that a person was lying on the ground and possibly dead.
Officers arrived and found a 29-year-old woman on the ground suffering from at least one gunshot wound.
Police said there were obvious signs she had already died so she was not taken to a hospital.
Police said there are no signs that the shooting was gang-related, but they are not throwing out the possibility.
The woman’s name is being withheld until her family is told.
Earlier in the morning, a 37-year-old man was shot and died in what police believe was a gang-related shooting.
Police said that officers found the victim in a home in the 1200 block of Polk Street after officers responded there at 12:30 a.m.
A dark-colored sedan may have been involved in the shooting.
On Sept. 2, police responded at 12:02 a.m. to a shooting in the first block of West Street where they found 24-year-old Obed Orsonio suffering from at least one bullet wound.
Orsonio was taken to a hospital where doctors tried to save his life, but he died.
Organizers of a GoFundMe page said, “Obed was a very talented, genuine, loving, caring person. He was a very well known young man who won the hearts of others due to his personality and talent. He would spread love, happiness, and support throughout our community.”
Organizers are trying to raise $25,000 to help with expenses related to Orsonio’s death and as of 9:45 p.m. on September 4 $2,735 had been raised.
Police said 21-year-old Abran Rubio was arrested for allegedly shooting Orsonio.
Rubio was taken to the county jail after being interviewed. Police said they have not established a motive for the slaying.
People with information about the killings can provide anonymous tips by calling the tip line at (831) 775-4222 or the We-Tip Line at (800) 78-CRIME.
By Keith Burbank