Oklahoma City Teens Armed With BB Guns Attack, Shoot Undocumented Family: 'It's Not Right'

A Honduran father and his three children are recovering after allegedly being chased and shot at by three suspected teenagers armed with BB guns in an Oklahoma City attack that has sparked outrage.

According to local broadcaster KFOR, a neighbor of the family, who reported the incident to police, had arrived home with her daughters to see three teenagers run out from behind her house.

She followed them, but when she noticed that they appeared to be armed with what she thought were real guns, she turned back and went home.

After the incident, the mother checked her backyard only to find the father and his three children there, with the father having been hit with BB gun pellets in the shoulder, while his 11-year-old son was struck in the arm and his six-year-old daughter was hit in the leg.

"I was terrified," the neighbor, identified only by her surname, Quintero, said. "I'm still terrified. The little boy was holding his arm. I said, 'Let me take you to the hospital, he's bleeding'."

Quintero said that she also wanted the family to go the police–but they were too afraid to go to the hospital or to file a police report as the father is undocumented. They feared that turning to authorities for help could result in his arrest and deportation.

Instead, their neighbor went to the police herself, bringing security footage showing the teenagers chasing the family into her backyard with BB guns.

"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, tearfully. "I wish I could do more for them because this is not right."

"You can be legal or illegal, it doesn't matter," she added. " You cannot be victims of these crimes."

The Oklahoma City Police Department has not immediately responded to a request for comment from Newsweek.

In Oklahoma City, police are not known to collaborate with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. That means that if the family had filed a police report, police would be expected not to share their identities with ICE.

Earlier this month, Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt tweeted out in support of immigrants, as well as the Native American community, in response to President Donald Trump telling four congresswomen to "go back" to "the crime-infested places from which they came" and "then come back and show us how it is done."

"Oklahoma City is a diverse community where 60 percent of our children are non-white. Many of our residents are immigrants. Almost all of us are the descendants of immigrants," he said. "We are working closely with our Native community to honor those who were truly the first Americans."

"As an Osage, I'm a living example of the collision between the new world & the old," he said. "I suppose I could go back to my country but I would have to leave some of myself here. It's all messy & complicated but made simpler when we exercise empathy, grace and love and we welcome all."

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Hundreds of people gather outside immigration services building in Foley Square Manhattan for a "Lights for Liberty" protest against immigrant detention camps and the imminent Immigration raids by ICE on July 12, 2019. New York. Pablo Monsalve/VIEWpress/Corbis/Getty