Shooting victim out of ICU

Published 12:05 am Thursday, May 12, 2011

The victim in the recent shooting in Andalusia has been moved from the intensive care unit at Andalusia Regional Hospital to a regular room – a sign that says she’s on the road to recovery, said Lt. Paul Dean of the Andalusia Police Department.

Dean said that family members indicated the move took place Tuesday.

“She looks as if she’s going to be fine,” Dean said of the 49-year-old unidentified victim who suffered from three gunshot wounds.

As for the alleged shooter, Cuban native Raul Del Torro, he remains in the Covington County Jail under a $2.25 million bond on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping, sexual torture, sodomy and domestic violence.

The shooting took place nearly two weeks ago on April 30 behind the Ashley Furniture Store – a culmination of a two-day domestic dispute between Del Torro and the victim, his estranged girlfriend, law enforcement reported.

Del Torro had been in the U.S. since 1964 on a work visa and apparently was never granted American citizenship.

Dean said Tuesday Del Torro will stand trial before facing his immigration issues. “And I guess depending on what happens with (the trial) will determine if and when he returns to Cuba,” he said.