10/1/2010 Alisal High School, Salinas CA
Mm teg on Ed tag t SCuDCD Shooting happened on AlisalHigh campus near Burke Street BY SUNITA VIJAYAN svijayanthecalifornian.com Police said a 15-year-old Alisal High School sophomore was fatally shot early Friday as he cut across the campus' athletic field from Burke Street, an east Salinas neighborhood. Cmdr. Dan Perez, who heads the department's investigations division, said the boy was shot several times in the torso about 7:53 a.m. on the back field of the school in east Salinas. Police said a single gunman, described as wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and a red bandanna, approached the school on a paved walkway near Burke Street. The shooter passed several students, police said, then came upon Jose Daniel Cisneros as he and a group of others came off the pathway, heading toward school. Cmdr. Dan Perez said the gunman fired multiple rounds, wounding only Cisneros. "It appears he was the intended victim," Perez said. Police said the gunman then fled back down the path to Camarillo Street, where he was seen getting into a tan mid-size car and fleeing north. Cisneros was taken to Natividad Medical Center, then flown to a Bay Area trauma center, police said. After undergoing emergency surgery, they said, he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased. The homicide is being investigated as gang-related. 'If s disheartening' Friday's shooting comes three days after 17-year-old Ulises Jacobo-Corona was shot dead while walking on the 1200 block of Del Monte Avenue, less than half a mile away. Perez, who heads the investigations division, said detectives have not determined whether the shootings are connected. Police say a dozen of the 14 homi--cides they've investigated this year were gang-related. While Friday's shooting on 'P ' ----- - 3 --T-itV, ;' SUNITA VIJAVAN Emergency crews take an Alisal High School sophomore to an ambulance after he was shot multiple times on a school athletic field on his way to classes Friday morning. occurred on campus, Perez said, it in no way was a reflection on the school. "An overwhelming majority of the kids at the school are great kids," he said. "A lot of the kids who go there have absolutely nothing to do with gangs, but they're affected by it. Friday was a perfect example of how they are affected." Alisal's principal, Dan Burns, said the shooting took place at the "prime time" for students walking to campus, about 25 minutes before school was scheduled to begin. "A lot of students were walking to school and observed what happened, and it's sad that it happened at all,"he said."lt's disheartening that someone would come into school grounds and commit an act like that." Counselors were available TO HELP To report information, call Salinas police detectives at 831-758-7226. To remain anonymous, call the anonymous tip line at 831-775-4222, the We-Tip line at 1-800-78-CRIME, or text information with the code "SPD831" to "847411." Friday to speak to students affected by the shooting, Burns said. In his six years as principal, he said, this is the first time a shooting has happened on campus. The school was placed on lockdown, he said, and students were hustled into the building. "The teachers did a good job getting students in the classrooms and making sure they were safe," Burns said. Video may help Burns said he and an assistant principal were by the boy's side within a minute of being notified of the shooting. About an hour after the shooting, Alisal officials decided to move the school's Friday night football game to Hollister. Friday's shooting comes about four months after a safety project was completed in the east Salinas neighborhood the boy had walked from. During the school year, residents, parents and hundreds of students from at least three schools use Burke Street as a shortcut through Del Monte Avenue and nearby sections of the neighborhood. The street, which dead ends at Alisal High School, underwent a several-month . facelift spurred by the Jan. 12, 2009 fatal shooting of 15-year-old Juan Jose Perez there. The city of Salinas, Alco Water Co. and the Salinas Union High School District were involved in the project. Besides better lighting, a walkway, wrought-iron gate and landscaping, two surveillance cameras were installed as part of the project. Deputy police chief Manny Perrien said officers will review the surveillance video to see if any information on the suspect, who wore a red bandana, may have been caught.