Mexico City killings: Three dead as police chase 'mariachi' gunmen

Lester Mason
September 16, 2018

Videos circulating on social media showed musicians in the plaza playing their music around the time of the shooting, without skipping a beat.

The former Mexico City mayor, who takes office December 1, has vowed that new strategies under the city's incoming mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum, will be effective.

Five people died after a dramatic shootout at a famed Mexico City mariachi plaza, officials said on Saturday, the latest in a recent string of crimes in the capital that will soon put to the test the incoming government's new tactics to fight violence.

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

Plaza Garibaldi borders Mexico City's notorious Tepito neighborhood, home to La Union gang, which police say is behind a surge of drug-dealing and protection rackets.

The identity of the three dead was not immediately clear, but the Milenio newspaper said they were men. "And nine are wounded, including a woman, as well as a foreign man", read a statement Saturday from the prosecutor's office.

Mexican authorities say at least four people have been killed and nine wounded in a shooting at the capital's emblematic plaza.

The victims had been at a restaurant when the shooting started around 10 p.m., media said, adding that forensic officials had counted more than 60 bullet cases at the scene.

Police patrol vehicles on Saturday were parked outside venues usually bursting with customers seeking to pay mariachi musicians to perform.

Most targeted reprisals have taken place on the city outskirts or in areas where criminal gangs operate.

Police blame much of the capital's crime on retail drug dealing and protection rackets run by violent gangs.

More than 200,000 people have been killed or have disappeared since December 2006, when Mexico's government declared war on organised crime.

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