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Zapata County Residents on Alert After Firefight in Mexico

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Posted: Feb 1, 2013 7:19 PM

Updated: Feb 1, 2013 7:26 PM

ZAPATA COUNTY - Residents living near Falcon Lake on Friday were on alert after a firefight erupted on the Mexican side of the border.

News of the gun battles spread quickly among neighbors. Three women walked skittishly down Monterrey Lane. Olga Gonzalez said the daily trek is required exercise for her.

"I have my cell phone for 911," she said.

Next to her, Nicole Oceguerra walked with a stick in her hand.

"For protection," Oceguerra said.

Zapata County sheriff's deputies, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and Border Patrol agents swarmed their neighborhood to prevent the violence from spilling over to U.S. soil.

"It's new to me ... I've been here for over 10 years," Oceguerra said of the firefight.

Ramiro Buruato watched the lake from his porch.

"I'm on guard," he said.

Meanwhile, anglers from as far away as Oregon launched their boats. The anglers were more interested in the fishing than the events unfolding on the other side of the border.

The boaters did mention game wardens warned them about the shooting and recommended they stay on the U.S. side of the lake.

Topics: olga gonzalez, ramiro buruato, nicole oceguerra

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