UPDATE: Shooting Victim Found Outside Denny's in San Mateo

The victim is believed to have been shot in Salinas hours before being found.

A shooting victim who was found early Tuesday morning near a Denny's restaurant in San Mateo was likely wounded in a gang-related shooting in Salinas on Monday evening, a Salinas police spokesman said.

Officers responded to reports of a shooting at the El Dorado Motel in the 1300 block of North Main Street in Salinas at about 6:30 p.m., Salinas police Cmdr. Dave Crabill said Tuesday.

Two groups of men had fired shots at each other and fled before officers arrived, witnesses told police at the scene.

At least one person was believed to have been wounded in the exchange, Crabill said.

At about 2:10 a.m. Tuesday, police in San Mateo responded to reports of a shooting victim at the Denny's restaurant at 2920 South Norfolk St., Sgt. Dave Norris said.

The male victim was taken to a Bay Area hospital and is expected to survive, Norris said. An investigation connected the victim -- a known gang member on parole -- to the Salinas shooting, Crabill said.

It has not been determined why he traveled approximately 90 miles north before seeking help, he said. The shooting remains under investigation by Salinas police.

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