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ABCNEWS VideoSource
US Mexico Shooting - Eight illegal immigrants hurt in border shooting
06/16/2002
APTN
VSAP341768
TAPE: EF02/0513 IN_TIME: 03:11:10 DURATION: 2:11 SOURCES: Televisa RESTRICTIONS: DATELINE: California - June 14-15, 2002 SHOTLIST: Imperial Desert, California - June 14 2002 1. Various of desert where illegal immigrants were found San Diego, California - June 15 2002 2. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Manuel Figueroa, Border Patrol spokesman: "In the morning, at 2:30am, some agents were patrolling west of Calexico, and they found a vehicle coming from the north of the US territory. The agents responded because the area's known as a place where people who bring illegal immigrants work. Many undocumented immigrants are brought in from there. We went to investigate and when we got there we found the vehicle, a Suburban." Imperial, California 3. Various exteriors of Regional Medical Centre 4. Close-up border patrol 5. Wide shot desert San Diego, California - June 15 2002 6. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Manuel Figueroa, Border Patrol spokesman "At this point, we don't know who it was, why they were shot or what happened. We only know that the people who were injured were brought to the Centre and to Brawley and some were taken by helicopter to San Diego for their injuries. The Imperial County Sheriff's Department and the FBI are investigating. We're in contact with the Mexican consulate and the law enforcement agencies in Mexico so they are also investigating." Calexico, California 7. Pan down from Mexican consulate sign to street 8. Wide shot consulate STORYLINE: Confusion surrounds a shooting which left eight illegal immigrants wounded on the US-Mexico border on Saturday. The shooting reportedly occurred after U.S. Border Patrol officials chased two vehicles carrying illegals back into Mexico from California. As the vehicles crossed back over the border, the Mexican army reportedly ordered the vehicles to stop. Local newspapers say people smugglers in the vehicles then opened fire on the army unit, which returned fire. A Mexican defence spokeswoman said she had no information on the allegations. US Border Patrol officers later discovered the wounded immigrants in the abandoned vehicle, only yards north of the border near Calexico, California. Two of the eight injured are still listed in a serious condition in San Diego hospitals. The 23 people inside the vehicle included six women and one child. Seventeen were from El Salvador, one from Ecuador and five from Mexico. Thousands of illegal immigrants attempt to cross the border between Mexico and the United States every year.
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