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Willmar, Minn., man charged for firing gun during argument

WILLMAR -- Luis Angel Del Real, 29, of Willmar, made his first court appearance Wednesday on two felony charges of discharging a firearm in the city after he allegedly shot a semiautomatic handgun late Tuesday evening outside of a southeast Willmar residence.

Unconditional bail was set at $3,000. His next appearance is Nov. 5 in Kandiyohi County District Court.

According to the complaint, Willmar police officers were dispatched around 11:20 p.m. Tuesday to the area of 1800 Becker Avenue Southeast on a report that five to six gunshots had been heard in that area.

One of the officers heard an additional gunshot and determined that it was coming from an area near the Lincoln Elementary School. Another caller to police reported seeing a man fire a single round into the ground outside a home along the 500 block of 13th Street Southeast.

Multiple officers from the Willmar Police Department and the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene, where officers saw a man getting into a black sport-utility vehicle with personalized plates reading "Del Real."

Del Real was identified as the man getting into the SUV, along with another man, a juvenile male and two women, one of whom was carrying a baby in a car seat.

Del Real was secured and seated on the driveway of the residence and began yelling in Spanish at the others not to say anything to police. One of the deputies understood what Del Real said and told him to stop yelling. The women did not cooperate when questioned, but the juvenile told officers the gun was inside the home and that Del Real and one of the women had argued and that the juvenile saw Del Real fire the gun into the ground in the front yard.

Officers located the gun, a Kimber .45-caliber compact stainless model, in a case with three boxes of ammunition and a clip, inside the home.

The neighbors were also interviewed and one neighbor reported hearing four to five gunshots before he looked out a window to see the couple arguing. He said he saw Del Real fire the weapon into the ground. Officers located a divot and a piece of shell casing in that spot.

Officers also tested Del Real's hands for gunshot residue. The tests came back positive for residue.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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