Boating in Texas just got a little more dangerous after an American tourist was shot in the back of the head on Falcon Lake last week.
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The victim and his wife were riding PWCs on Falcon Lake - a dammed section of the Rio Grande that straddles the border of the US and Mexico that is popular with water skiers and fishermen – when they were ambushed by armed boaters on the Mexico side. The couple had ridden over to Mexico to see a famous church in Old Guerrero.
There are no fences or gates in the water, just markers where the boundary lies between the two countries. There had been previous run-ins with pirates on this body of water, but this is the first known case of someone being hurt or killed.
In an article about the incident in the Associated Press, a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department spokesman stated, in what may be a bit of an understatement, "I would think that, right now, the prudent boater would want to stay on the Texas side."
Update 10/5/10: Anderson Cooper took this story to a new level on CNN last night with witness interviews, including a man who was actually attacked on the US side of the border: