UPDATED: Shooting in Juarez Spills Into El Paso
POSTED: Saturday, August 21, 2010 - 11:20pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - 11:54pm
EL PASO - If you have ever wondered if spill over violence is happening, what happened tonight may give you the answer. Parts of El Paso came to a stop as roads were shut down after a Border Patrol agent said he heard 10 to 15 gunshots fly over his head.
The shootings happened in Juarez, right across the border from UTEP. Standing near campus you could see Mexican police teams raiding a house. At one point on-lookers, reporters and police we're told to duck for cover as shots rang out. We're told Juarez police were ambushed around 4:50pm, and a gun fight followed on and off until about 5:30pm. That is when the last shots were heard.
Police closed down W. Paisano Dr. from Executive to Santa Fe in downtown El Paso. We're told a rescue mission, with families including children, was evacuated. Several DPS officers pulled onto the UTEP campus, and we were told they were going to shut down I-10 so no one was hit by the bullets. Although that's an unconfirmed report. We also noticed a train stopped on the tracks between Juarez and El Paso, in the area where the gun battle broke out. Some people think that was done with a purpose, to provide an iron curtain between the two border cities.
In the end, U.S. and Mexican police helicopters left, Juarez police seemed to control the situation and El Paso police re-opened the roads and turned protection back over to Border Patrol.
We are told no one was hurt on the U.S. side of the border, but in Juarez the deaths continue.