Carlos Anthony Alfaro arrived home at about 1 a.m. today in the 700 block of Williams Road.
He was walking alone on a sidewalk near his apartment when he was confronted by at least one unidentified shooter who fired several rounds from a handgun, police said.
His friends and family went outside when they heard shots fired and called police and paramedics. Alfaro was pronounced dead near his home.
The case is being investigated as gang related.
Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to contact the Salinas Police Department's Detective Division at (831) 758-7226.