Neighbors Living Near Border React to Gunfire

POSTED: Sunday, August 22, 2010 - 4:32pm

UPDATED: Sunday, August 22, 2010 - 5:47pm

El Paso - El Pasoans living on the border are looking nervously at their neighbors in Juarez tonight. They're wondering when the next gun battle will send them ducking for cover. Arlene Contreras has lived in West El Paso for nearly three decades. Contreras was getting ready to go out saturday night when she heard what sounded like firecrackers.

Within minutes she knew there was a shootout going on in Juarez but even with bullets flying so close to home, Contreras says she isn't afraid. "To live so close in this area, Sunset Heights to Juarez I'm just sad this is happening. Am I afraid, no I'm not. This is one of the most historical areas in El Paso and one of the best places to live in El Paso," contedns Contreras.

Right across the street comes a very different perspective. Jesus Delgado has lived in his home on Portifio Diaz street for 38 years and he says he is the most scared he's ever been for himself and his family. "I have grandchildren coming every weekend. It's becoming a concern now. I'll try to keep them out of my backyard and keep them inside," says Delgado who enjoys family barbecues in his front yard every Sunday.

Arlene Contreras has a message for those committing crimes in Juarez. "You've taken a one time family environment to now where people are afraid to come out of their homes and you're wrong to do that to that neighborhood, to your country and to mine."

A peaceful community now literally in the crosshairs of violence.

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