The wife of a man who shot two suspected burglars he found coming out of the couple's far West Side home said her family has had a “very tense” time in the wake of the incident.
The woman, who did not want to reveal her identity, said she and her husband are anxious to return to their everyday lives.
Still, signs of the violence remained Tuesday morning outside their home in the 600 block of River Village.
A bent and broken garage door hinted at the trouble that took place there less than 24 hours prior.
San Antonio police said the homeowner returned home around 2:30 p.m. Monday and found that someone had kicked in his front door.
Hearing a noise from inside, he began to investigate when a car suddenly backed out of his garage, right through the garage door, police said.
They said the man fired several shots at the car, wounding two people inside.
One of those was an 18-year-old man who was “seriously injured,” and remains in the hospital, police said.
Justin Quintana, 17, also suffered a gunshot wound and was treated at a hospital.
Quintana was then booked into jail, along with a third suspect who was not wounded, Francisco Rivera, II, 20.
Both of them face charges of burglary.
However, police said due to his injuries, the 18-year-old has not been charged yet.
"God has protected us and given us what we do have and we worked hard for our things,” said the homeowner’s wife. “But things are things, and the main issue is that we're well."
The woman said this was not the first time she and her family had been targeted by burglars.
About a week before Christmas, they came home to find someone had broken into their home, she said.
According to neighbors, the crooks took all of the family’s Christmas gifts.
"Since then, we've been more vigilant. But unfortunately, the crooks are ahead of us, always one step ahead,” the woman said.
Following this latest break-in, she said some of her neighbors have begun talking about joining forces to prevent future trouble, perhaps forming a neighborhood watch program.
"Watching out for one another and our families because our safety is the most important issue," she said.
According to police, the homeowner is not expected to face any charges at this time.