Gunshot Victim from Downtown El Paso Speaks Out


POSTED: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 9:20pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 9:20pm

Maria Romero Recovers from Leg Wound

She was struck by a bullet that local police say came from Juarez. Tonight we spoke with Maria Romero, the woman shot in the leg while walking in downtown El Paso, Tuesday.

"I'm fine,” said Romero.

Lucky. That's how Maria Romero and her family feel after she was shot in the leg, while walking on an otherwise calm street in downtown El Paso.

It's still unclear where that bullet came from. El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen said it came from Juarez, during a gunbattle there.

The idea of the bullet traveling that far, from the other side of the border to downtown El Paso surprises Romero.

"Because of the sound, we thought someone close by had fired the shot. We never would've thought it came from Juarez,” said Romero.

However, Mexican leaders said the bullet didn't come from their side of the border.

Regardless, Romero said she's not angry at what happened.

"There's no one to blame. That bullet came, hit me, there's nothing else,” stated Romero.

Instead, Romero told us she plans to focus on her recovery, since she'll have to stay on crutches for a bit.

Tonight, Romero said she's counting her blessings.

"Thanks to god, thanks for supporting me,” said Romero.

Romero's son, Bryan Romero, 15, told us although the shot was a close call, that won't stop their family from frequenting downtown El Paso.

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