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By Mike Heine /The Week

(Published June 11, 2007, 10:00 p.m.)

Saturday had been a quiet night for a man living at 301 S. Second St., Apartment A.

The man had said "good night" to his wife and 5-year-old son and was enjoying a movie on the Sci-Fi Channel with the lights off.

Then, about 10:36 p.m., a knock came at the back door.

A frightened neighbor, Gaspar Huerta, was asking him to call 911. Someone had shot his wife, he told the man, who asked not to be identified because he does not want the publicity.

"He did not know that his family was dead," the man said. "He knew someone was there shooting at his wife. That's all he could say, 'They're shooting at her, they're shooting at her.'"

Concerned for the safety of his wife and child, the man kept his eyes glued on the house, watching for any sign of movement as he listened to Huerta on the phone with police. Together, they waited for them to arrive.

"All he could say was, 'Hurry, please hurry. He's shooting at her. Then he kept looking over there and saying, 'The van is still over there, please hurry,'" the man said.

Nobody came out of the house. The man said he had a perfect view of the front and rear doors.

Huerta didn't hang up until after a policeman came, took the phone from him and told the dispatcher officers had arrived.

 The man heard the details Huerta told the police officer next.

"What he told the police officer who showed up at our house was he was in the back bedroom watching television when he heard shots and saw his wife come rushing toward him and a guy behind her was shooting at her," the man said. "That's when he ran out to his balcony and jumped down. Those were his words to the police officer who was here.

"He thought the guy reloaded like three times."

The officer then instructed Huerta to go to the police station and wait.

"That's when he broke down crying," the man said of Huerta. "He wanted to stay here and find out how his wife was doing. He didn't want to go to the police station. He finally agreed to go down there.

"He was pretty upset. His wife was still over there. All it was was, "He's shooting at her."

Investigators confirmed a handgun was found at the scene and used in the shooting.

The neighbor is convinced the shooter was Amborosio Analco, who was identified as one of the six dead found by police at the scene. He was the only man found in the house.

"When he heard his wife yelling, he looked up and she was running toward the room, but what he told the police officer is, 'he was running after her, shooting her,'" the man said Huerta told police.

Huerta's frightened look made the neighbor believe he is innocent.

"A didn't believe him at first," the man said. "It's not often someone comes to your door saying there's someone shooting their wife. (But) he made me a believer. He was pretty scared. He had a pretty bad look on his face."

Also convincing was Huerta's physical appearance.

"It wasn't hard to tell he didn't have no blood (on him)," the man said. "He didn't have no shirt on, no shoes on."

Or socks, the man added.

Once police arrived en masse, and the SWAT Team entered the house and exited minutes later, the man knew something tragic had happened. Once the police tape went up to block off the area, the man realized everyone inside was probably dead.

"I felt a lot better when the tape went up," he said. "I knew my son and wife were safe."

The couple who lived in the lower apartment of 309 S. Second St., where the tragedy unfolded, were on vacation, said Duane Brellenthin, the duplex's owner.

"It's tragic. That's all you can say," Brellenthin said. "Why would anybody kill kids? I understand someone getting really upset or going overboard, but to do the kids in, that's just tragic."

 

 

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