Police responded to reports of shots fired in the 500 block of San Benito Street at around 11 p.m.
Arriving officers found the victim, 28-year-old Roy Ramirez, lying in the driveway of an apartment complex. He had been shot several times in the torso, police said.
Paramedics attempted to revive Ramirez but he was declared dead at the scene.
Investigators spoke with several witnesses and believe the shooting was gang-related, police said.
Police have not released any information about possible suspects.
Anyone with information on the shooting should contact Salinas police Detective Robert Hampson at (831) 758-7145 or Detective Thomas Larkin at (831) 758-7127. It is also possible to text information to "847411," including the code "SPD831." An anonymous tip line is available at (831) 775-4222.