NewsChannel 9 EXCLUSIVE: Man Shot in Hudspeth County Speaks
POSTED: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 9:20pm
UPDATED: Saturday, May 14, 2011 - 11:31am
"We Were Only Shot Because We Are Hispanic"
FABENS- Tonight's top story is quickly turning into a West Texas version of the Hatfields and McCoys. A Hudspeth County man shot two people. He claims they were trespassing. NewsChannel 9's Matt Rivers is the only reporter who spoke with one of the gunshot victims.
"He was thinking about buying land again so we thought we'd go check it out," said Norangel Velez.
A short trip to scout land went horribly wrong when Norangel Velez and his dad made a wrong turn onto property that wasn't theirs.
"Before we knew it all we heard was gunshots. And we were yelling at whoever it was to stop, we were raising our hands, stop, stop, we're just driving through and he unloaded a whole clip on us," Velez said.
The property owner had pulled up behind Velez and his dad and opened fire. The pair rolled out of the truck, begging him to stop as the rancher yelled out instructions.
"Get down, get down, I'm going to kill you, I'm going to kill you. That's all he ever said, he never said anything else but that. He never said freeze, he never gave us a warning, he never came out in front of us and say what we're doing here, just boom, boom boom," Velez said.
Norangel was shot once, his father three times. The clothes his father was wearing were soaked with blood.
"I thought we were going to die. I thought that there was no way we were ever going to get out of there. My dad jumped on me to save me, he saved my life, by jumping on top of me and taking those last two shots into his back," Velez said.
Norangel convinced the rancher to drive the pair to get help, and he did. The men ended up at the Fabens Fire Station.
EMT's met them there and whisked Norangel's father to the hospital. He's expected to survive but Norangel says this is far from over.
"What he did was wrong and the only reason he shot was because we were Hispanic. It's the only reason he shot. He thought we were immigrants. I've lived here all my life. I want to do the best I can, I'm suing him for everything he's got for what he did to us," said Velez.
The rancher's identity has not been released. It's unclear if the rancher will face criminal charges.