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Two migrants were shot, one of them fatally, along a Texas
highway as two men in a pickup truck opened fire on a group of
people who had stopped for drinking water, authorities said,
The incident took place on Tuesday near the West Texas town of
Sierra Blanca. The victims were attacked by the suspects near a
water tank along a farm road. The deceased victim was male. The
wounded victim, a woman, was recovering at the Del Sol Medical
Center in El Paso, state authorities said. They did not identify
An ABC affiliate in El Paso reported that two brothers, Mike and
Matthew Sheppard, were taken into custody in relation to the
shooting. The report identified Mike Sheppard as the warden of a
private detention center.
The Texas Department of Public Safety in El Paso said the
suspects faced manslaughter charges, adding that the FBI, the
Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Border Patrol were
involved in the investigation.
The Texas Democratic Party said that such attacks on migrants
were the result of the Texas Republicans' 'violent fearmongering of
There has been a record number of migrant crossings at the
U.S.-Mexico border in recent years, and Republicans have criticized
the border policies of President Joe Biden, a Democrat, ahead of
the November mid-term elections.
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