SALINAS, Calif. (AP) - Police say a man has been arrested on suspicion of opening fire at a taco shop during a pre-dawn gang brawl, killing two people and injuring five others.
Police said Monday that Giovanni Pacheco, 21, was taken into custody hours after the shooting and booked into Monterey County Jail.
The shooting occurred about 1:30 a.m. after a fight spilled outside of Taco's Choice restaurant.
Salinas police Cmdr. Dave Shaw said the farming town in Central California has seen an uptick in violent crime in recent weeks.
There have been 14 murders so far this year, nine in the past 12 days. Last year there were 22, including at least 11 confirmed as gang-related.