Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Stray bullets from across border worry El Paso

The first bullets struck El Paso's City Hall at the end of a workday. The next ones closed a major highway, hit a building at the University of Texas at El Paso and struck a local charity. Shootouts in the drug war along the U.S.-Mexico border are sending bullets whizzing across the Rio Grande into one of the nation's safest cities, where authorities worry that it's only a matter of time before someone gets hurt or killed. At least eight bullets have been fired into El Paso in the last few weeks from the rising violence in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, one of the world's most dangerous places. And all U.S. police can do is shrug because they cannot legally intervene in a war in another country. The best they can do is warn people to stay inside. "There's really not a lot you can do right now," El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles said. "Those gun battles are breaking out everywhere, and some are breaking out right along the border."...more

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