Shootout at famed Mexico City mariachi plaza leaves 5 dead

18 September, 2018, 04:12 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Image      A police officer stands in Plaza Garibaldi where five people were shot dead

CNN notes that Mexico City's mariachi scene traces its roots to a bar in Plaza Garibaldi.

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.

The five assailants opened fire with rifles and handguns shortly before 10:00 pm Friday (0300 GMT Saturday) as the downtown plaza was filled with partiers enjoying the September 16 Independence Day weekend celebrations.

Videos on social media and television showed a heavy police presence, with the attack site cordoned off and yellow markers where the bullet casings fell, but dozens of people continued to drink and listen to live music nearby.

"We could hear more shots, and yells from people outside who were running in fear", he said.

A foreigner, who was not identified, was among the eight people wounded, the prosecutor's office said.

Image    Debris around Plaza Garibaldi after the shooting
Image Debris around Plaza Garibaldi after the shooting

The identity of the three dead was not immediately clear, but the Milenio newspaper said they were men.

Four people have been killed and nine wounded in a shooting at the Garibaldi Plaza in Mexico.

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. However, the government says at least one gang has links to a major national trafficking group, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel. 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.

Garibaldi Plaza borders the gritty Tepito neighbourhood, home to the Union Tepito gang that has been extorting businesses across the capital.

Since then, more than 200,000 people have been murdered, including a record 28,702 previous year.

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