King City shooting suspect vehicle
Police have located the suspect vehicle, a silver 2017 Kia Rio, used in Sunday's shooting in King City. The vehicle had been reported stolen out of Pacific Grove in late February. (Courtesy of MCSO)

KING CITY — The suspect vehicle involved in the deadly shooting that occurred Sunday in King City has been recovered, announced the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office on behalf of the King City Police Department on Wednesday.

The vehicle, a silver 2017 Kia Rio, was located in an unincorporated area of South Monterey County.

“Based on the nature of this investigation, no further details regarding the recovery of this vehicle are being released at this time,” stated the Sheriff’s Office in a news release.

On March 3 at about 6 p.m., four residents were killed and seven others injured, two critically, after three masked gunmen opened fire at a birthday party taking place in the front yard of a home on the 200 block of North Second Street in King City.

Upon pulling up out front in the silver Kia, the suspects — described as wearing dark-colored clothing and masks — exited the vehicle and shot multiple rounds at the partygoers before getting back in the vehicle and fleeing the scene.

With the help of the citywide surveillance cameras and follow-up investigation, police obtained the vehicle’s license plates and found that it was reported stolen out of Pacific Grove in late February.

The suspects, who are considered armed and dangerous, have not been identified and remain outstanding, police said. The City of King is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to their arrest and conviction.

King City Police Department is receiving assistance from multiple local and federal law enforcement partners in this investigation.

“We continue to ask the community for their assistance in reporting any information they may know regarding this incident,” stated the Sheriff’s Office.

Information can be provided by contacting the following: King City Detective Sgt. Josh Partida at 831-386-5988; Monterey County Sheriff’s Detective Arras Wilson at 831-597-1225; or 1-888-78-C-R-I-M-E.

In addition, information can be submitted via the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office webpage by going to MontereySheriff.org and selecting the “Submit a crime tip” tab. All information can be provided anonymously.

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.

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