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Attempted car burglary ends in gunfire

Posted at 10:33 PM, Dec 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-03 23:33:26-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Corpus Christi Police are trying to track down some attempted car burglars who fired guns wildly as they made their getaway.

"That was my immediate concern -- my safety," said Luis Ortega who lives near where the gunfire took place.

Ortega's neighbor saw the thieves trying to get into his cars in his driveway in the 5600 block of Bonner Drive around 4:00 a.m. Tuesday. He doesn't want to be identified, but you can hear his voice on his Ring security camera video.

"What are y'all doing there mother f---er?" he screamed at the burglars. "I've got you b----."

He says he was going to get his gun to confront the burglars, but they ran to a waiting car and drove off firing their guns.

The security camera video seems to indicate that most of the shots were straight into the air, but one may have hit the rear bumper parked in that driveway.

"What about if the bullets had gone through the house?" Ortega asked.

Corpus Christi Police say the best thing you can do if you catch someone breaking into your car is to get a good look at them and call 911.

"What I tell people is, be a good witness," Lt. Michael Pena said. "You want to get as much description of the suspects as possible."

Car break-ins are a common crime in Corpus Christi, but Ortega is happy that gunfire accompanying car burglaries is not.

"The more I talk about it the more I realize how blatant people are," Ortega said. "They disregard people's property."