Gunmen, gunfire and a picture of Jesus

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Three men opened fire to break through an East Texas family's door. The attempted home invasion happened around 11:30 p.m. in the 3000 block of Garden Valley Road in Tyler.

The East Texas home is now riddled with bullet holes after a Tyler woman became a victim in her own home.

"[I said,] 'Be careful, baby, because there's danger in this time...It's too dangerous,'" said the East Texas home invasion victim who did not want to be identified.

At 11:30 Monday night, she says three young men showed up randomly trying to barge in her front door.

"I said, 'What are you looking for?'" she said. "They replied, 'I'm looking for my friend. I'm looking for my friend.'"

She told them to leave, but they weren't taking no for an answer. Luckily the victim's 29-year-old son was home and took matters in his own hands.

"He shoved the door on the suspect's arm and he also had a gun for his protection and then gunfire erupted," she said. "My son told me, 'Move! Run!' And, I can't because that's my son, of course. That's my son's life, you know? I don't care if the people are killing me, but my son's [life], no. Nobody will touch my sons because that's my life. My family's my life."

Once her son started firing back, she says the suspects took off.

"Thank you, God - God and my son," she said.

Police say this appears to be a random attack.

"We don't think it was a drug related type case or anything so we don't know what their motive was," said Don Martin with the Tyler Police Department.

Whatever their reason, it could have ended deadly. A bullet did graze this victim's ear, but with an exchange of gunfire in the narrow hallway it is a miracle no one was hurt worse.

Then, she showed us this painting of Jesus hanging above her front door. While shots were ringing, it was Him she fixed her eyes upon and He that she believes served as their protection.

The three suspects were seen fleeing in a light blue Chevy Caprice. It was four-door and a 70's or early 80's model with square tail lights. If you have any information, please call Tyler Police.

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