Hours after Alberto Piñedas Contreras was released from jail, Lexington police issued an arrest warrant for him Wednesday in the shooting of a 9-year-old boy.
Contreras, 28, is being sought on a charge of first-degree assault in Saturday's shooting near Russell Cave and Hollow Creek roads.
The boy, who has been identified only as Antonio, was shot in the neck as he sat in his parents' black GMC Envoy, police said. His parents pulled into the parking lot of Russell Cave Plaza near Russell Cave's intersection with New Circle Road after the shooting, according to police.
Antonio has been at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital since the shooting. He was in critical condition Wednesday afternoon, Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.
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Justin Hagan, a family friend, said Antonio was "still touch and go. We're not out of the woods yet. We're still asking for those prayers."
But the family is hoping the community helps police find Contreras, he said.
"We're really wishing the community will stand up, now that we have a positive (identification) on this person and a name," Hagan said. "Let's reach out and let's gets this person."
Hagan said that Antonio's parents and Contreras do not know each other and that there was not a confrontation before the shooting.
On Sunday police released a composite sketch of the shooter and a description of the vehicle he used.
Sgt. Jennifer Taylor, a Fayette County jail spokeswoman, said Contreras was booked about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday on a warrant charging nonpayment of fines in 2009.
According to Fayette District Court documents, he was charged with alcohol intoxication and second-degree disorderly conduct on July 26, 2009.
He was released from jail at 12:02 a.m. Wednesday after posting a $229 bond for the warrant associated with the 2009 intoxication charge, the documents said.
Officers arrested him Tuesday at an apartment in the 1200 block of Village Drive.
When asked whether officers missed the opportunity to also charge Contreras in the shooting, Roberts said, "I don't think it's appropriate to call it a missed opportunity, because the warrant was not signed."
Contreras could be driving a four-door, blue 2001 Kia Rio with Kentucky license plate 855-BDB, police said. He should be considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information should call police at (859) 258-3600.