Wednesday, April 11, 2012
It's slowly happening - A group of camouflaged Arizona gunmen open fire on pickup truck carrying illegal beaners, killing 2
Authorities in southern Arizona say two men in a pickup truck carrying illegal immigrants were fatally shot near Eloy.
Pima County Sheriff's officials say it appears the truck was ambushed by an unknown number of people dressed in camouflage and armed with rifles late Sunday night.
Border Patrol agents and police officers from Eloy and Coolidge responded to a report of shots fired about 10:30 p.m. in an area known for human smuggling activity.
Authorities say one man was found dead inside the bed of the truck and another victim was located in a wash near the vehicle. Their identities haven't been released.
Detectives say it appears shot were fired at the truck by the ambush group.
Several illegal immigrants were found hiding in the desert near the truck.
Cops don't know why the gunmen targeted the pickup, but the area has been plagued by human trafficking activity, Dawn M. Barkman, a spokeswoman for the Pima County Sheriff's Department, told the Arizona Republic.
In the past, violent crews have ambushed groups of illegal immigrants coming across the border to rob them or hold them for ransom, the Republic said.
Barkman said "every possibility is being investigated."