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Posted: Feb 15, 2013 6:41 PM

Updated: Feb 15, 2013 6:46 PM

HARLINGEN - A Harlingen resident is upset over the presence of armed security guards in her neighborhood.

The woman said more guns in the neighborhood make for a volatile mix.

Her comments come in the wake of a shootout on the 2300 block of West Adrian Street, just before 10 p.m. Thursday.

Police said two suspects got out of a blue-greenish minivan and opened fire on a house and vehicles outside.

A 22-year-old security guard hired by the homeowner was in a vehicle outside the house and returned fire.

The guard wasn't hit, but he was taken to the hospital for treatment of a shoulder injury. He injured his shoulder when he jumped to the ground, police said.

Five children in the house and their babysitter were not injured.

"I heard pop, pop, pop, pop," the woman said.

She said this is the first sound of gunfire in the neighborhood in 25 years.

The security guard emptied his clip during the firefight.

"These people had made threats, verbal threats that they were coming back," Border Security and Investigations Owner John Chamber said.

Chamber said the homeowner hired his guards after someone threatened his family.

He said the guard was trying to repel the aggression when he opened fire.

Still, that doesn't satisfy the woman.

"I'm mad because of the security," the woman said. She said bullets flying near houses with children aren't the answer.

"This is the first actual time in 20-some years that I'm scared," the woman said.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Harlingen Crime Stoppers at 956-425-8477.

Topics: john chamber, border security and investigations, shootout, harlingen, adrian street

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