An undocumented Honduran family living in Oklahoma was shot by teens with BB guns in an attack Monday they were afraid to report to police because of their immigration status, according to a report.
A father, his two sons and his 6-year-old daughter were chased into the backyard of an Oklahoma City home by three teenagers wielding what turned out to be BB guns, the homeowner told KFOR-TV.
The homeowner, identified only as “Mrs. Quintero,” said as she had returned home with her daughters, she spotted the teens running out of her backyard.
She began following them, but when she noticed they had what appeared to be guns, she turned back and checked her yard, where she found the terrified family.
The father said he was shot by the BB gun in the shoulder, while his 11-year-old son was hit in the arm and his young daughter sustained an injury to her leg.
“The little boy was holding his arm,” Quintero told KFOR-TV. “I said, 'Let me take you to the hospital, he's bleeding.'"
But the father refused to involve the authorities for fear of deportation.
"I feel for that family right now, I really do, and I wish we could help these people out because they need help, they need our help," Quintero said.
Immigration attorney Lawrence Davis told the television station he understands undocumented immigrants’ fears, but said law enforcement in Oklahoma City would not reveal a victim’s immigration status to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Quintero said she drove the family home and reported the attack to police herself, noting it was not the first incident in the neighborhood involving teens.
“You can be legal or illegal, it doesn't matter,” she said. “You cannot be victims of these crimes."