Guns heard before near Texas school where boys hit

By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN | December 20, 2011 | 1:15 PM EST

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — A lawyer for a South Texas school district says authorities had previously responded to reports of gunfire around the middle school where two teen boys were shot last week on an outdoor basketball court.

Renee Rodriguez-Betancourt, attorney for the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District, said Tuesday that law enforcement officers responded to Harwell Middle School on an earlier occasion, but only confirmed that shots had been heard from afar. The school district contacted an adjacent landowner who said he would no longer allow hunting on the land.

After the boys were shot Dec. 12, investigators questioned three men who were found on adjacent ranchland. Two were practicing target shooting and were in line with the students. A third was an illegal immigrant with an assault rifle who was trespassing.