Two Salinas men were injured in apparently unrelated shootings Sunday afternoon within minutes and a couple of miles from one another.
The first incident took place at around 1:30 p.m., when a 23-year-old male drove his neighbor, Robert Yancy, to a house in the 200 block of Towt Street, Salinas Police said.
Unbeknownst to the driver, Yancy, 33, considered him a rival gang member, and as they arrived at Towt Street, Yancy jumped from the car and pointed a gun at the victim. He tried to fire a few times but had forgotten to disengage the gun's safety lock. When he removed the safety, Yancy fired at the victim and struck him in the leg.
Yancy tried to flee but the victim struck back with the car. The shooter rode on the hood of the vehicle for a few feet, then fell off when the car struck a curb and then a house. Yancy tried to flee on foot, but Salinas police officers found him and arrested him.
Yancy was treated at a local hospital for his injuries then booked into jail on attempted murder, gun and parole violations.
The second incident occurred about half an hour later on the 900 block of Rockrose Street, a couple of miles north east of the Towt location.
A 33-year-old man heard a knock on his door, and when he answered, a 16-year-old boy asked him what gang he belonged to. Without answering, the victim slammed the door, but a barrage of bullets went through. He was struck several times and flown to a San Francisco Bay Area hospital for treatment.
The suspect is 16 or 17 years old, about 5 feet 6 inches. He was wearing a San Francisco Giants beanie and a black pullover jacket. He was seen running to a waiting white or gold Cadillac Escalade with lowered front end and chrome rims.
The shootings don't appear to be related, Commander Henry Gomez said.