Torres photo

Nathaniel Torres

MONROE — Union County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call in the Hemby Acres neighborhood of Indian Trail on Friday (Sept. 10) at approximately 10:44 a.m. after a caller reported a man running down the street shooting at a vehicle in the 8000 block of Teakwood Drive, according to a report from the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies reportedly located and identified the male responsible for the shooting as 24 year old Joseph Nathaniel Torres, a resident of a Teakwood Drive home. According to Torres, a male acquaintance arrived at his home a few minutes earlier to collect money that Torres reportedly owed him.

Torres ran inside his home and retrieved a .22 rifle and began firing at the acquaintance as the male began to drive away, according to the report. The victim drove to the end of the dead end street and turned around, driving past Torres, who reportedly continued shooting as the victim drove away.

Sheriff’s detectives and crime scene investigators responded, conducted several interviews and processed the scene. More than 20 spent shell casings were collected from the scene, according to the report. Detectives also reported discovering an indoor marijuana grow operation inside the home.

Detectives eventually located the male victim outside of Union County. The victim reported that he was not struck by gunfire but his vehicle was hit numerous times.

After concluding the crime scene investigation and after speaking with Torres, detectives charged Torres with Attempted Murder, Manufacturing Marijuana, Possession with Intent to Sale and Deliver Marijuana and Discharging a Firearm into an Occupied Vehicle. He was booked in the Union County Jail.