'They were trying to kill us': Victims recall horrifying moments from viral shooting video
Victims say men got into car, chased them while still shooting
CONVERSE, Texas – Three victims who survived a barrage of gunfire after discovering a pair of men lurking in a Converse backyard say the men weren't trying to scare them off with the gunfire, they were trying to kill them.
KSAT is not naming the victims out of concern for their safety.
One of the victims said she and another friend were dropping their friend off at her home around 4 a.m. Sunday after hanging out. When the trio pulled into the driveway of the home in the 8300 block of Jaybrook Drive, they spotted two men hiding in the trees and bushes.
"When I saw them in my lawn, I'm like, 'Why are they in my yard? Are they drunk?'" the victim who lives at the home said.
The victims told KSAT they reversed and shined their headlights in their direction as the driver began recording now-viral video that was shared to Facebook Sunday.
In the video, one man is seen crouched behind a tree and another is seen hiding behind a bush, but when the pair realize they've been spotted, the men stand up and begin walking toward the car.
While the passenger gives her information to police, the driver can be heard saying, "He has a gun" before gunfire erupts. The video becomes shaky as gunfire can be heard in the background and the passenger frantically urges dispatchers to get police to their location quickly.
The two women in the front seats said the men shot out the tires of their car, but they were able to drive approximately 400 yards to a neighbor's house. The women said the suspects got into a car and began following them while still shooting at the car.
"It wasn't like they tried scaring us away, they were trying to kill us," one of the victims said.
The women drove down the street to a neighbor's house and parked and said that while the gunfire stopped, the suspects lingered.
"We're hiding," one of the victims told dispatchers. "Our car is in the front of somebody's yard because they shot at us."
The victims were unable to get a good look at the men, but Converse police said they are searching for three people in connection with the incident.
The Converse Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying the suspects and asking anyone with information regarding the incident to call 210-658-2322.
I normally don't post on Facebook but this is a true ACTION & AWARENESS post. WARNING: This is very hard to watch! It hit very close to home as I have been in this situation before. This was my 19 year old niece coming home late last night in Converse, Texas (San Antonio, Texas) to some home invaders in her bushes.. NOW JUST PAY ATTENTION TO THE RECKLESSNESS our society has come to! GET THIS TO THE MEDIA. These guys were out to MURDER anything moving last night and they have to be dealt with. This is to be treated as if they murdered everyone in the car! If you want to be active contact Converse, Texas police department (210) 658-0898 to make sure they are on their game. GET THIS TO THE MEDIA.. #dontwaitfordeath #CNN #HEADLINENEWS #ROBINMEADE #CONVERSETEXAS Police Chief Fidel Vellegas (210) 658-2322 email: firstname.lastname@example.orgPosted by Rico Malique on Sunday, July 8, 2018
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