Monterey County mass shooting: Suspects still at large after 4 killed at King City party

Patrol cars are lined up at the King City Police Deptment on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, in King City, Calif. The acting police chief and two officers in King City were removed from duty after being arrested on suspicion of selling or giving away the impounded cars of poor residents, authorities said. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
King City police are investigating a weekend shooting that left three men and a woman dead. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)

Three suspects are still at large after opening fire and killing multiple people at a party in Monterey County, police said.

King City police responded to a report of shots fired at a residence in the 200 block of North 2nd Street around 6 p.m. Sunday, according to a department news release. When they arrived, they found three men dead from gunshot wounds in the front yard.

Four others who had been shot were transported to hospitals, police said. One woman was later pronounced dead at Mee Memorial Hospital, while three other men were taken to Natividad Hospital in Salinas .

Police said there had been a party at the residence and several people were in the front yard when a silver Kia pulled up. Three men wearing dark-colored clothing and masks got out of the car "and shot multiple rounds at the partygoers in the front yard." The men then fled and are still at large.

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KSBW-TV reported that it was a suspected gang shooting, but King City Police Chief James Hunt said investigators were "not ready to make a determination one way or another at this point."

King City, along the Salinas River, has about 14,000 residents, of which about 85% are Latino, according to census data. The city is about 150 miles south of San Francisco and 250 miles north of Los Angeles.

The city "is a vegetable center shipping the finest produce grown in the nation," staff posted on the King City website.

Monterey County Supervisor Chris Lopez, who represents King City, posted about the shooting on Facebook.

"May the victims find strength and healing, may our first responders remain safe, and may we all help restore peace to our neighborhoods and communities," Lopez wrote.

King City Councilmember Carlos DeLeon also spoke about the shooting in a statement Monday.

"This was a terrible tragedy for our community," he wrote. "The City is doing everything possible to resolve this case and support the families of the victims."

Councilmember Carlos Victoria condemned the shooting in a Monday interview, saying such a mass killing hasn't happened before in King City.

"This is a small ... rural community," he said. "Almost 90% Latino. Most of our source of employment is agricultural. It's just not acceptable. It's not welcome in our town."

The investigation is ongoing, police said.

"The suspects are considered armed and dangerous," police said. "Should you see them or the vehicle, please call 911. Do not attempt to contact them yourselves."

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact King City Police Sgt. Josh Partida at (831) 386-5988 or, or call the WeTip line at (800) 782-7463.

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