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Tuesday
Dec132011

Two Hunters Released, One Held In Double Texas School Shooting

File photo. iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HIDALGO COUNTY, Texas) -- Two hunters who were questioned in connection with the shooting of two middle school students were released Tuesday, however the third, who police said is an illegal immigrant, will remain in custody.

Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said the two men were taking  target practice and the Harwell Middle School students could have been in the line of fire 800 yards away.

The illegal immigrant was trespassing on the property and had an assault rifle, Trevino said.

The students, ages 13 and 14, were struck around 4:45 p.m. Monday while trying out for the basketball team in the school’s parking lot, which is adjacent to two parcels of brush land that are popular with hunters.

One was hit in his right armpit and the other was struck in the right side of his upper torso.

Gilbert Tagle, spokesperson for the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District, told ABC News the two students are in stable condition.

The school has since beefed up security and has grief counselors on site for students and staff.

Tagle said the school board will meet tonight to discuss erecting a cinder block fence to protect the students from any errant bullets.

“This seems like a freak hunting accident,” he said. “And if it was their bullet, it traveled a pretty good ways.”

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Wednesday
Apr062011

XM-25 'Punisher': The Army's New Taliban-Hunting Super Weapon

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The target is hiding in a building down range, but he's behind cover and won't pop out for a clear shot. But a U.S. soldier takes aim anyway and pulls the trigger, sending a small grenade round barreling through the air -- seemingly too high to even be close to a hit.

Then, at the precise moment the grenade round flies over the cover and is just above the enemy, it suddenly explodes, taking the target down.

That particular scenario is only played out with a model target in a new video of the Army's next generation grenade rifle system, but similar scenes have already taken place in several real firefights in Afghanistan for the few lucky soldiers who are equipped with the experimental XM-25, lovingly referred to as "The Punisher."

The video, released by the Army and posted on Military.com, is the closest look yet at the XM-25 and demonstrates not only the weapon's ability to detonate a grenade at a precise, preprogrammed distance, potentially eliminating enemies' ability to hide behind cover, but also its high-tech sighting system and various ammunition loads.

Five prototypes of the rifles have already seen combat in nine operational missions in Afghanistan as part of what the military called a "forward operational assessment" of the weapon. There, they helped soldiers put a quicker end to deadly firefights, according to a February report by the military.

"The XM25 brought the difference to whether they would stay there 15 to 20 minutes shooting [and] taking pot shots or the actual fight ended after using the XM-25," said Sgt. 1st Class Carlos Smith, Soldier Requirements Division, Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning, Ga., according to the report. 

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