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Gunmen shoot two during home invasion in border city of Pharr, Texas

March 15, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Gunmen shoot two during home invasion in border city of Pharr, Texas

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Authorities in the border city of Pharr, Texas continue to investigate how three gunmen in body armor and face masks raided a local house demanding cash and left after opening fire on two victims. The case seems to follow the trend of what local police refer to as “home invasions.”

Three gunmen in body armor stormed into a house demanding cash “and other items.” During the burglary, the armed men shot a 48-year-old man and a 15-year-old male, according to Breitbart Texas.

Both victims were raced to a local hospital; their condition is not currently known. Pharr authorities described the gunmen as Hispanic males around 6 feet tall wearing ski masks, black shirts, and jeans.

Authorities did not reveal the “other items” that the gunmen demanded, however, the robbery seems to fit the description of a crime known as “home invasions.” In the Rio Grande Valley, home invasions deal with groups of gunmen raiding homes to steal drug loads or cash from other crews who hold the items while waiting for the time to transport them further north.

Since home invasions typically occur between rip crews targeting drug smugglers for robberies, they are usually not reported to police.

The occurrences that are reported are only the ones where shots are fired, or victims are wounded. Under the current FBI Uniform Crime Report, the most commonly used crime statistic, home invasions are identified as regular robberies.

The lack of proper classification when reporting on data is often used by local politicians to make the arguments that the border areas are safer than other parts of the U.S., while neglecting to mention that the number don’t account for extortions, abductions, sex trafficking, human trafficking or drug trafficking, corruption or other crimes associated with drug cartels.

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