A man was being treated Friday for gunshot wounds he suffered when he brandished a replica handgun at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, drawing fire from two U.S Customs and Border Protection officers, police said.
Security Concerns After Shooting
Thursday's shooting at the San Ysidro Port of Entry is raising alarming questions about security at the border crossing.Customs and Border Protection Port Director Frank Jaramillo said the port does not have metal detectors for pedestrians to walk through."No, we don't have magnetometers in the facilities so he would have entered from Mexico and he would be processed as any traveler would," said Jaramillo.The San Diego Association of Governments website says 54,000 walk through the San Ysidro Port of Entry every day. Comparatively, the San Diego Airport Authority website says 50,000 passengers walk through metal detectors every day. However, at the Port, someone theoretically could walk through carrying a gun or a knife.CBP officials declined to talk to 10News Friday. On Thursday night, Jaramillo said CBP officers are prepared for situations like the shooting."Officers are well trained and based on their skills, they interview individuals and determine if the individual poses a threat and they will respond accordingly," he said."If they have all this other inspection modes in place, then I don't know why you would not have magnetometers and they should have them," said security consultant Glen Winn.Winn said a simple metal detector, or magnetometer could prevent future shootings and wouldn't delay the wait at the border that much."You are being looked at [for your] passport, green card, whatever, and to put somebody through a magnetometer would be nothing," said Winn.Last week, all U.S.-bound traffic was halted at the crossing after scaffolding installed to protect cars from overhead construction collapsed onto eight lanes, seriously injuring a construction worker. Ten others were taken to hospitals with minor injuries.