Lucio R. Borderland Beat-republished from KRGV (follow link for news video)
De La Torre said she hopes the Mexican soldiers who wounded her and her
daughter will be held responsible. She said the Mexican government promised to
help fix her bullet-riddled SUV. De La Torre hopes they keep their word.
mother and daughter were hit by flying bullets. De La Torre said the incident
happened when she was visiting family in Camargo, Mexico.
was going to pick up my oldest daughter and was on the road, when we heard gun
shots,” De La Torre said. “I told my cousin that we needed to go back to my
parent's house, because it looked like something was going down. When I made a
turn, I saw a vehicle with soldiers traveling really fast.”
Torre said she saw a black vehicle speeding by. It looked similar to her Dodge
Nitro. She pulled over until the road was clear, and then she headed back to
her parents’ home.
of nowhere, soldiers reappeared. They were right behind De La Torre.
seemed to be normal while I was driving back, but then I heard gun shots
again,” De La Torre said.
“They sounded a lot closer. I began to realize the
soldiers were following me. I thought they were following the truck that I had
seen speeding,” she said. “I think they got confused and thought my truck was
the one they were first chasing. They started firing at us.”
Torre rushed to her parents’ home.
got to the house,” De La Torre said. “I got off the truck and ran toward my
father who was outside. I screamed to him that they were shooting at us. The
soldiers pulled up and parked right behind my truck,” she said. “They got off
with their weapons drawn. My father spoke out and questioned their motives.”
the time, De La Torre said she checked on her daughter and cousin. She saw that
her baby girl had been shot in the back.
of the bullets hit me on the face, my hands and my legs, that's it.” De La
Torre said. “My little girl did get hit with a bullet. I didn't realize it
until I got to the house, and I went to get her out of the truck. That's when I
saw she was wounded.”
Torre’s father pleaded with the officers. He told them that they needed to get
the child to the hospital.
soldier’s checked De La Torre’s vehicle. De La Torre guessed they were looking
for drugs or anything illegal. They didn’t find anything.
of the soldiers said it was time to go. De La Torre said they left with smiles
on their faces.
Torre filed a report with local authorities. They told her they found the
suspects they were initially chasing.
came to me and offered their apologies,” De La Torre said. “I could tell that
they meant what they said. They treated us well during this whole process.”
Torre’s daughter underwent surgery and was released from a San Antonio hospital
on Monday. She said hospital officials are concerned for the child’s
well-being. They have to return for a checkup on Friday and in the weeks ahead.
Mexican army told CHANNEL 5 NEWS they are investigating this case. De La Torre
said they promised to repair her truck or help her buy a new one. She said she
hopes they come through with their promise.