Monday, 24 September, 2018

Four dead following shootout in Mexico City's 'mariachi' plaza

'Mariachi musician' gunmen kill three in Mexico City Mexico City killings: Three dead as police chase 'mariachi' gunmen
Steven Clarke | 16 September, 2018, 15:58

Five men dressed as mariachi musicians and reportedly armed with rifles and handguns opened fire on the plaza before escaping on motorcycles.

Mexican authorities say five people have been killed and nine wounded in a shooting at the capital's emblematic plaza. Many Mexicans wear mariachi costumes Saturday evening to commemorate the launch of the revolt against Spanish rule on September 16, 1810.

The prosecutors' office said investigators were trying to find those responsible for the attack, but few crimes in Mexico are solved.

Police block access to a crime scene after a shooting in Plaza Garibaldi in Mexico City.

In a statement, police said the three victims were killed at an intersection on the edge of Plaza Garibaldi, a major tourist destination packed with mariachi bars, just as the capital was kicking off independence day weekend celebrations.

Three men and two women, between 22 and 46 years old, died in the shooting, officials said.

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She said the fact that the shooting happened in a crowded public square demonstrates that impunity prevails in the country.

Videos circulating on social media showed musicians in the plaza playing their music around the time of the shooting.

Homicides have surged since 2014 in Mexico City, an arts, food and culture hotspot for tourists from around the globe that has been spared much of the drug violence plaguing cartel strongholds, which has even hit resort towns Cancun, Los Cabos and Acapulco.

Another 37,000 people are reported as missing.

Plaza Garibaldi is located near the notorious Tepito neighbourhood, where a local gang that distributes drugs in the sprawling capital of 21 million is based. However, the government says at least one gang has links to a major national trafficking group, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.

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