The FBI and Department of Homeland Security are investigating the shooting of a BASF chemical plant security guard in Freeport, Texas. The guard
reports his assailant seemed to be of "middle eastern descent" and spoke with broken english. Freeport, Texas is near Houston, home of the SuperBowl
in 8 days.
(First person account from ATS member)
I was watching the local NBC news station 'Channel 2' this morning and the 'Big Story' leading off the newscast concerned an incident that
happened last night off of Farm
To Market Road 1495 in a very secluded location in Freeport, Texas which is just south of Houston.
A BASF chemical plant security guard noticed a newer model white Chevy van with black trim, (the kind common in fleets), with a missing front license
plate, tinted windows, and double back doors, taking pictures of the Port of Freeport and the Amonia Plant located across the water.
When the man was questioned by the guard who is now recovering at the hospital, the man said he was taking pictures of the lights on the water. He
spoke in broken English and that is when the guard discovered the man was possibly middle eastern according to his police interrogation.
The guard then called his dispatcher and discribed the incident after which he returned to the van and was promptly shot in the sholder and the van
took off. The bullet went through but was found.
The mayor notified the FBI and Department of Homeland Security and they are investigating.
This happened late in the middle of the night but the web site of the local paper still hasn't picked up on it. This concerns me because as I'm
sure you all know the Super Bowl is in 8 days. If any place is a good target for terrorism I would think it would be a very big amonia plant located
just south of Houston and the stadium considering the wind commonly flows from the south to the north this time of year. We also have the Port of
Houston and one of the largest oil refining complexs in the world all combined within a few miles of where the incident took place last night.
I think my local Government is down playing this latest threat to not scare off some of the million or so visitors my home town is expecting in the
coming days who will obviously be spending big big bucks.
BTW, the stadium went on lock down this morning. Everything coming and going is checked. This was just part of the normal routine. Hopefully the
Super Bowl will go off without a hitch. I only live a few miles up the road.
I'm going to work now and wanted to see what you all think.
[Edited on 24-1-2004 by SkepticOverlord]
[Edited on 26-1-2004 by Nerdling]