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Rival Mexican Gangs Open Fire on Father Heading to Visit Son

A man from Arizona got shot at 16 times when he was caught in the middle of a fight between gangs near the southern border. But surprisingly, he doesn’t hold a grudge against the people who put his life in danger.

Craig Ricketts got hurt when he was shot twice, once in his leg and once in his arm, while he was driving from Mexico to Tempe, Arizona, to see his son on Christmas Eve.

He said he was driving near Sasabe, a risky border area, because another checkpoint was closed. Suddenly, shots rang out, hitting his car at least 16 times.

“The first thing I noticed was my left window was shattered. I saw a bullet hole through my front window, and my radio was blown out with a bullet,” he said from his hospital bed in Tucson.

“I got hit once in my arm, which feels like a bicycle scrape when you’re a kid, and the other is my left leg,” Ricketts added.

Rival Mexican Gangs Open Fire on Father Heading to Visit Son

A man from Arizona got shot at 16 times when he was caught in the middle of a fight between gangs at Sasabe

The Attorney General’s Office in Sonora said it was the second time in a month that an American was caught in violence, the news reported.

Ricketts had wanted to go through Nogales to avoid the closed checkpoint, but his GPS led him to Sasabe, an area known for crime.

This incident happened a week after a US resident was killed and two others were injured in another shooting along a highway in Sonora.

Despite this terrifying experience, Ricketts isn’t mad at the gangs who shot at him.

“The bottom line is they don’t know who I am,” he said. “They just wanted to secure their access for smuggling people.”

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