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Muslim Group Upset Alleged Killer Is Out Of Jail

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DALLAS (CBS11) - An accused murderer who police said targeted Muslims is a free man despite being arrested and released from jail for a second time.

Anthony Torres is accused of pulling up to Omar's Tires in Dallas and shooting at the store back in December. Investigators said Torres killed one man and injured several other in the process. Police believe Torres was targeting the Muslim men who work at the shop.

Rashad Farhan was just across the street when he heard the shots.

"You know I don't even feel comfortable being at this shop. You just never know. If he's coming back for vengeance, coming back to finish what he started," said Farhan, who works across the street.

After being released on bond from the Dallas County Jail, investigators said Torres was arrested one month later for vandalizing a store and lying to police and then he was released again.

"How the Hell would you let him out? Honestly? How could you?" said Farhan.

The North Texas Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations said the DA's office should have warned the Muslim community.

"We are horrified that such a dangerous criminal had bail set to begin with," said Alia Salem, spokesperson for CAIR.

Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk was not available for comment. Her office issued a brief statement.

"Bonds are set by the court and all defendants have a constitutional right to a reasonable bond. This case was set within the current bond schedule. Our Office takes hate crime seriously and we will consider all the facts and evidence to reach a just conclusion. Beyond that, we will not discuss the facts of a pending case," wrote Messina Madson, first assistant to the DA.

When contacted at her home, the mother of Torres said she had not seen him and that it was a personal matter.

"It could have been me being targeted or anyone in my family," said Farhan. "I hope they get him back, lock him up and don't let him out."

The Dallas County Sheriff's Office has enacted the FAST Team to find Torres.  Sheriff's deputies, Dallas Police and U.S. Marshals are searching for Torres.

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