Man arrested in Salinas after shooting, car crashes into house

So much for “love thy neighbor.”

And so much for typical gang shootings.

This weird one started about 1:30 p.m. Sunday, when a 23-year-old man gave his neighbor a ride from North Salinas to Towt Street on the east side of Salinas.

The driver didn’t know it, but his neighbor considered him a rival gangster, Salinas police said.

After the victim stopped the vehicle, his neighbor got out, pointed a handgun at him and tried to shoot. The gunman, however, forgot to disengage the safety, police said.

Once he fixed that problem, he opened fire, shooting his neighbor in a leg, police said.

The gunman started to run across the 200 block of Towt. The victim, meanwhile, hit the gas and struck his assailant with the car.

The gunman, identified by police as Robert Yancy, 33, landed on the hood and remained there until the vehicle hit a curb, and ultimately, a house, police said.

Police say Yancy ran away but officers found him nearby. They found the victim elsewhere.

Cops arrested Yancy on suspicion of attempted murder, gun violations and violation of parole.

After being treated at the hospital, Yancy was booked into Monterey County Jail.

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