Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Gunmen dressed as mariachis kill 3, wound 7 in Mexico City

Evidence markers are seen at a crime scene where three men were gunned down by unknown assailants at an intersection on the edge of tourist Plaza Garibaldi in Mexico City Mexico Mexico City killings: Three dead as police chase 'mariachi' gunmen
Ellis Copeland | 18 September, 2018, 13:09

As told by eyewitnesses, the attackers arrived on motorcycles to the Plaza Garibaldi in Mexico and opened fire on people were present there.

People at Plaza Garibaldi screamed and ran when they heard shots around 10 pm on Friday, although some appeared unfazed by the barrage of gunfire.

The five gunmen, dressed as mariachi musicians, were armed with rifles and handguns as they opened fire on Plaza Garibaldi, an attack that also injured at least nine others including a foreign national.

Two of the five people killed were women, and four of the victims were aged between 22 and 46 years old, according to officials.

Surveillance video showed the three men, wearing traditional embroidered jackets and trousers, fleeing on motorcycles.

The shooting cast a bloody pall over the weekend's Independence Day festivities. Many Mexicans wear mariachi costumes Saturday evening to commemorate the launch of the revolt against Spanish rule on September 16, 1810.

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Business quickly resumed around the square following the shooting.

The music and partying continued until after the city's chief of public security, Raymundo Collins, showed up at the crime scene, video footage broadcast on TV showed.

"We haven't had any reservations cancelled and we continue to book tables", he said, asking that his name not be published for fear of retaliation by criminal groups.

Plaza Garibaldi borders one of Mexico City's most notorious neighborhoods, Tepito, home to La Union gang, which police say is behind a spurt in drug-dealing and protection rackets. The incoming city government that has vowed a clean-up in the capital which had previously experienced less of the drug violence that plagues the country's cartel strongholds in other regions.

In the year 2013, U.S. civil rights leader Malcolm X's grandson, Malcolm Shabazz, was beaten to death near the square after a dispute over a nightclub bill.

In August, police arrested the presumed leader of the gang, Roberto Moyado Esparza "El Betito".

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