Suspect, victim identified in shooting over cell phone

Israel Torres, 18, accused of shooting Pedro Munoz over cell phone

SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio police said Israel Torres, 18, is the man who was arrested after a shooting on the Northwest side which they believe had to do with a stolen cell phone.

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Police said Torres used a rifle to shoot Pedro Munoz, 34, in both legs Monday night.

A stray bullet also hit a 16-year-old girl, a friend of Torres, in the leg. Both of them had to be treated at a hospital.

Officers responded to the 6300 block of Village Cliff Drive after 7 p.m. Monday and found the girl being treated by paramedics, according to a police report. Munoz had already gone to the hospital by private vehicle, the report stated.

Detectives questioned Torres at the scene and said he told them he felt threatened by Munoz, who had come to his home to retrieve a cell phone stolen from his 16-year-old son, the report stated.

The phone was stolen from Munoz’s son at school, and somehow, Torres had possession of it, the report stated. Torres tried to get the boy to give him $200 if he returned the phone, police said.

When Munoz approached his driveway, Torres said he reached for a rifle and fired off a warning shot, the report stated.

"He shot in the ground and, I guess, one of the bullets ricocheted and hit his friend. And he shot again at (Munoz) and hit the guy in the leg," said Daniel Garcia, a friend of Torres who said he heard the account from other mutual friends.

"I've never known him to just go and attack somebody, (other than to), I guess, defend himself,” Garcia said.

Garcia said he has trouble believing it could be anything other than self-defense.

Police, however, arrested Torres on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.


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