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3/21/06-Tyler

Victim Of Auto Burglary Gets Shot At

Shots are fired at a Tyler man, trying to stop thieves from breaking into his truck. It happened early Tuesday morning in the 1200 block of Pinkerton Drive. Tyler police say this was just one of 10 auto burglaries in the past day. We spoke with a victim, who put himself in danger to keep the robbers from getting away.

Erik Valentine says this is the fourth time his truck has been broken into. It was around 3 AM Tuesday morning when he heard something outside. "I heard my horn blow and at that point I got up because I knew somebody had to be in my truck," say Erik.

After running outside and not being able to get a license tag number, he got in his truck. A little while later, he spotted the getaway car. "At that time I'm on the phone with the operator, trying to get them a license plate number and at that time I hear a boom boom," says Erik.

Here is a portion of Erik's 911 call. Erik: I've just been shot at. Dispatch: What is your address? Erik: The East Loop over here by 64. I just got shot at. People are driving a maroon Capri. Dispatch: Maroon Capri? Erik: Maroon 1990's type model Malibu.

"I look and I saw a bullet hole like right in front of my steering wheel and I felt something go right past my head. My adrenaline was going and I didn't think anything of it. Then a second shot hit my passengers side and at that point is when I swung left and got off the road to get out of the way of fire," says Erik.

Erik says he's tried of his truck getting broken into. "If you want something, go and get a job buy your own stuff don't go and take something else that someone's else has worked for," says Erik.

But he says he will think twice before getting into another chase. "People will actually shoot you for something they stole from you," says Erik.

Police are looking for the robbers. They are described as four black males, in their late teens to early 20's. They were driving a maroon late 90's Chevy Malibu with star type wheels and gold trim. The car has a partial license plate number 59.

If you have any information, call Tyler Police.

Karolyn Davis, reporting. kdavis@kltv.com

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