Busiest US-Mexico Crossing Closed After Gunfight
US agents open fire on coordinated effort to smuggle in illegal immigrants
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2009 9:13 PM CDT
A federal agent uses a security dog to help scan automobiles waiting to enter the United States at the San Ysidro crossing today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A coordinated effort to get illegal immigrants into the US devolved into a gunfight today in San Diego, and shut down the busiest US-Mexico border crossing. Four people were injured after US agents opened fire on three vans attempted to speed through the San Ysido Port of Entry from Tijuana unchecked, the Los Angeles Times reports, noting that while similar solo attempts are common, the coordination is unusual.

“The port is closed and will remain closed for several hours,” a US Customs and Border Patrol rep tells Reuters.