When deputies arrived at a mobile home in Channelview, Texas, on Monday morning, three men were dead outside—and their car was still running in the driveway. Police say a resident opened fire on the men with a shotgun during an attempted burglary or home invasion in the Houston suburb, ABC13 reports. Cesar Lopez tells KPRC that his cousin, Yair Gallegos, was shot in the back and leg during an exchange of fire with the three men. Lopez says he does not believe his cousin knew the men and it's not clear why the home was targeted. Gallegos was hospitalized Monday in serious condition.
Investigators say the home's other resident hid after seeing the three black-clad men, one of them carrying a pistol, approaching. Gallegos emerged from a room with the shotgun after the men entered the home, police say. "We are sad and dismayed, but thank God we are not the ones losing the life of our son," Lino Perez, Gallegos' stepfather, tells the Houston Chronicle. He adds: "Most people would agree with me in that this was a matter of survival, it was those guys who enter the house, or my son." It's not clear whether Gallegos will be charged. "I want to just warn people that if it turns out that you're breaking into somebody's home, regardless of the circumstances, that eventually you're gonna end up dead or you're gonna end up in jail," says Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. (Read more Texas stories.)