Santa Ana Police Department
Details: On 5-18-14 at approximately 0235 a.m. officers responded to the 300 block of south Newhope regarding a shooting victim. Upon arrival, they located the victim a 22 year old male who had been shot in the upper torso. He has been identified as 22-year-old Leonicio Banuelos.
Orange County Fire Authority and paramedics responded to the scene and transported the victim to UCI Medical where he later died from his injuries.
A preliminary investigation found the shooting may have occurred as the victim was walking S/B on the eastside of the street in the 200 block of south Newhope. A silver colored unknown make or model Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) which was traveling N/B on Newhope stopped and fired several shots from the vehicle. At least one round struck the victim in the upper torso. Detectives believe the victim walked to his residence in the 300 south Newhope and police were called.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call SAPD Homicide Detectives at 714-245-8390 or Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1-855-TIP-OCCS.
Editor’s Note – According to his Facebook Page, Banuelos was married in 2011. He was from Santa Ana and attended Los Amigos High School. He apparently worked at the Elephant Bar. He appears to be survived by three sisters.