MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A shootout at a Mexico City plaza famed for its stay music bars left three males and two girls useless, officials stated on Saturday, a day after gunmen stated by witnesses to be dressed as mariachi musicians opened fire with rifles and pistols.
Eight others, including one foreigner, have been injured within the incident on the Plaza Garibaldi within the capital’s historic downtown, the town prosecutor’s workplace stated in a press release, with out disclosing identities of any of the victims.
Four of the deceased victims ranged in age from 22 to 46 years outdated, officials stated. One had not but been recognized.
People at Plaza Garibaldi screamed and ran after they heard photographs round 10 p.m. on Friday, though some appeared initially unfazed by the barrage of gunfire.
A video posted on-line reveals a musician at a Plaza Garibaldi eatery strumming Mexican tune “La Cucaracha” on a harp with out pausing for a second as a number of photographs rang out close by. The video was taken by Giovanni Emmanuel Uribe, who was there with family and friends.
He advised Reuters he shortly closed the restaurant’s curtains and blocked the door with tables before hiding within the lavatory along with his companions till they heard police and ambulances arrive.
“We could hear more shots, and yells from people outside who were running in fear,” he stated. “I looked quickly at the crime scene and saw several bodies on the ground and I got out.”
Still, dozens of individuals stayed within the space into the night to drink and take heed to stay music, at the same time as police cordoned off the shooting web site, inserting yellow markers the place bullet casings fell.
Plaza Garibaldi borders one in all Mexico City’s most infamous neighbourhoods, Tepito, home to La Union gang, which police say is behind a spurt in drug-dealing and safety rackets.
Homicides have surged to file ranges in Mexico City since 2014. The incoming metropolis government that has vowed a clean-up within the capital which had beforehand skilled much less of the drug violence that plagues the nation’s cartel strongholds in different areas.
Police blame a lot of the capital’s crime on retail drug dealing and safety rackets run by violent gangs, although the government says at the least one in all these has hyperlinks to a serious nationwide trafficking group, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.
Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon; Editing by David Gregorio