SAN MATEO -- A suspected gang member on parole showed up wounded in a San Mateo restaurant parking lot early Tuesday, nearly eight hours after he was shot in a Salinas gunbattle, police said.
Authorities learned of the wounded 25-year-old Salinas man at the Denny's on South Norfolk Street around 2:10 a.m. after someone called for help. Investigators later discovered he had been shot around 6:30 p.m. Monday when two groups exchanged gunfire in a Salinas motel parking lot, said Salinas police Cmdr. David Crabill.
The wounds were not life-threatening and the man, whose name was not released, was treated at a hospital and released. No one has been arrested in connection with the shooting, which appears to be gang related, said Crabill.
Police began investigating the violence when they got reports of a shooting in the parking lot of the El Dorado Motel in the 1300 block of North Main Street in Salinas. Officers rushed to the scene but found no shooters and no victims.
Despite checking local hospitals, the result of the gunfire remained unknown until San Mateo police contacted Salinas officers early Tuesday about the wounded man. Crabill said it wasn't clear why the man waited so long to seek medical attention. Police were also investigating why he went to San Mateo.
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