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Leonardo Torres Confirmed gang member arrested for shooting at neighbor in Salinas

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A 21-year-old confirmed gang member was arrested Thursday in Salinas on suspicion of attempted murder after the suspect fired at a neighbor he claimed disrespected him, a police commander said. Leonardo Torres was arrested after he left the scene of the shooting to allegedly purchase beer, police Cmdr. David Crabill said. At 3:43 p.m. Thursday, a man flagged down a Monterey County sheriff’s deputy in the 700 block of East Market Street in Salinas, Crabill said.

The man reported that while he was in his home, a neighbor had fired a shot from a handgun that barely missed him, Crabill said. The neighbor, later identified as Torres, told the victim that he fired the shot because the victim had disrespected him, Crabill said. After Torres went to a store to buy beer the victim identified him as the shooter, Crabill said. The deputy recovered a .25 caliber Beretta pistol from Torres’ waistband that was believed used in the shooting, Crabill said. Torres, a known gang member, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder with a firearm and being a gang member in possession of a firearm, Crabill said.

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