Border Patrol agents posted at the Rio Grande in Texas had to duck for cover or retreat on Friday evening when they were fired on with suspected military rounds from the Mexican side of the border, according to a U.S. lawmaker.
The shooters fired at the the area across the Rio Grande from Reynosa, Mexico. There were bullets ricocheting into an area where Border Patrol agents were positioned, according to U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas.
The weapon used by the shooters, believed to be members of a Mexican drug cartel, fired .50-caliber rounds which is mostly encountered by Americans in war zones.
"We don't have any armor that can stop a .50-caliber round, so our Border Patrol agents had to take cover when the rounds were richocheting around them," said Gohmert in an interview with Fox News Channel,
"When the shooting stopped, about 40 to 50 people came out on the U.S. side and turned themselves in. So clearly the rounds were being fired to suppress every effort to stop anybody intervening with anyone or anything coming across," Gohmert added. "We have no idea what or how many or whom came across with the other illegal immigrants."
Many believe the gunfire came from members of the Mexican drug cartel known as Los Zetas, with members who are former military and police some of whom were trained in shooting that type of weaponry.
Los Zetas operate in the Gulf of Mexico, the southern states of Tabasco, Yucatán, Quintana Roo, and Chiapas, and in the Pacific Coast states of Guerrero, Oaxaca, and Michoacán, as well as in Mexico City, according to Mexican news outlets. They are also active in several states in the United States, especially in Texas.
Gohmert said that the agents recognized the distinct sound of the incoming rounds and they are certain the ammo used was .50- caliber.
According to an Examiner news reports, President Obama's appointees at the Department of Homeland Security and its Customs and Border Protection section sent out a memorandum to Border Patrol agents instructing them to restrain themselves when illegal aliens on either side of the United States-Mexican border are throwing rocks or debris at agents or are escaping in getaway cars.
The memo stated that: "Border Patrol agents should take cover when confronted by people throwing rocks or other projectiles at them. The memo also ordered the Border Patrol agents not to shoot at fleeing cars or trucks and he reminded them of the departmental policy prohibiting agents from placing themselves in front of speeding vehicles and shooting at them."
"So far, our President has said nothing about this alleged [inter-border] shooting. He's concerned about shots fired across borders overseas, but couldn't care less about our own border being violated by enemy fire," said former police captain and U.S. Marine, Henry Nussbaum.