Neighbors terrified by officer-involved shooting

Published: Aug. 26, 2014 at 10:36 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 26, 2014 at 11:25 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The shooting occurred Monday night in North Lubbock, near Cornell Street and Detroit Avenue, in front of many bystanders.

Witnesses said they were still shaken up after the terrifying events, a deadly shooting that happened close to homes and children.

In the 911 call, you can hear a woman frantically telling the operator, "He pointed a gun at me. He has a gun! And he pointed it at me and he said he was going to kill me. And then he pushed me down and I fell to the floor."

The woman identified the man as 51-year-old Guadalupe Esquivel, the father of one of her children, and that he was armed and headed to her home.

The woman beat Esquivel to her home and barricaded her family inside as police went looking for the man who threatened her life.

Just down the street, police found him surrounded by neighbors who were not aware of the threats he had made or the pistol he had hidden under his shirt.

Julia Brown said she was standing near Esquivel, greeting her 11-year-old grandson when the shots started

"When he got there all of this shooting and stuff was going and he didn't know which way to go. So he ran following me and then I just kept hearing shots and kept hearing shots, so I didn't know who got shot or what," Brown said.

Also standing nearby? Her husband and son.

"My grand baby, my wife standing right there," her husband said as he replayed the shooting in his head. 

"They were running from that lead. Me and my boy only thing we could do was get down on the ground to keep that lead from hitting us," he said.

Her husband said one bullet did graze his back and he was taken to the hospital by ambulance. Meanwhile, his wife and grandson were taken to the police department to talk to officers about what they had seen.

"He was sitting there crying by himself, he didn't know what was fixing to happen," Brown said about her grandson as her eyes filled with tears.

As this community tries to move forward, they are constantly reminded of what happened Monday night.

"It just worries me because that's where my little boy lays his head," another father said, pointing to a bullet hole in a nearby home.

Fortunately, the bullet did not go all the way through the wall. 

Neighbors said they are counting their blessings, but want to know why an argument had to lead to this.

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