Gang member charged in December drive-by shooting that struck teen’s foot

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Jose Antonio Torres
Jose Antonio Torres

A gang member recently released from jail on charges related a shooting in late November is back in custody, charged with a drive-by shooting that injured a teen in December.

Police arrested 18-year-old Jose Antonio Torres in the 1000 block of Wellington Avenue at about 9:37 p.m. Monday, according to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay. He faces several felony charges in connection with a shooting that injured a 19-year-old in the 400 block of Rutledge Drive on Dec. 27, 2015.

The shooting happened at about 3 p.m., when a passenger in a vehicle fired multiple shots out of the window, striking the teen victim in his left foot. His injury was not considered life-threatening. Police were searching for two suspects in connection with the drive-by shooting; the investigation is ongoing.

Torres, who is a validated gang member, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, discharging a firearm in an enclosure and felony conspiracy, Lindsay said.

He was previously arrested and charged with a shooting in the 2800 block of Graham Street – just three blocks away from the December drive-by shooting on Rutledge – on the morning of Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. According to jail records, he was booked at the New Hanover County Jail the same day under a $35,100 secured bond. He later posted the bond and was released on Dec. 3. (Find the report about the shooting in the Dec. 2 Crime notebook)

According to court records, Torres has several pending charges in New Hanover County District Court, including possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule I controlled substance, carrying a concealed weapon, discharging a firearm in city limits, two counts of possession of marijuana and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was previously convicted of felony larceny and several misdemeanors in New Hanover County, according to the N.C. Department of Corrections.

Torres is now being held at the New Hanover County Jail under a $75,000 secured bond.

 

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