Weapon from April shooting found

Published 11:05 am Thursday, September 15, 2011

Contractors working at Three Notch Museum have located the handgun used in the April shooting of an Andalusia woman who was shot three times by her estranged boyfriend, Raul Mariano Del Torro.

Del Torro was captured on May 1 and charged with the kidnapping, attempted murder, sodomy, sexual torture and third-degree domestic violence.

Del Torro

“We received a call (Tuesday) at about 2:40 p.m. that stated a weapon had been found near the Three Notch Museum,” said Andalusia Police Chief Wilbur Williams. He said officers responded and determined that the weapon that had been found was in fact the weapon used in the assault.

“The weapon had been hidden and appeared to have been dislodged by recent heavy rains in the area,” he said. “The weapon has been inspected and will be retained for evidentiary purposes. It was identified by a serial number that matches the serial number of the weapon that was stolen from the victim and used in the attempted murder.”

Last month, the Covington County grand jury indicted Del Torro on the charges, and he remains in the county jail under a $1 million bond.

Del Torro’s victim, an unidentified 49-year-old woman, spent nearly two weeks in the hospital following the shooting, which took place behind the Ashley Furniture Store. Police described the incident as a culmination of a two-day domestic dispute between Del Torro and woman.

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

Williams said the department has not received any official word on Del Torro’s immigration status, but “I’m sure he will be a guest of the State of Alabama for many years based on the totality of our investigation and his past record around the Southeast,” he said.