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

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 16, 2018

Dozens of mariachi bands were serenading couples and families in Mexico City when five men disguised as musicians unleashed a hail of gunfire.

Gunmen dressed as mariachi musicians killed three people and wounded seven others in a square in downtown Mexico City popular with foreign tourists, police said.

The victims had been at a restaurant when the shooting started around 10 p.m. Friday. Four people died initially and a fifth died of her wounds at a hospital Saturday afternoon, authorities said. Many Mexicans wear mariachi costumes Saturday evening to commemorate the launch of the revolt against Spanish rule on September 16, 1810. She declined to be identified.

"Nothing like this has ever happened before", said Samuel, a man who added that he had worked for thirty years around the square in one of the world's biggest, most populous cities, but declined to give his last name.

Neither the motive for the attack nor the identities of the gunmen were known, but the area is located near the Tepito neighbourhood, where a cartel that is considered the largest criminal organization in the capital operates.

Mexico City has experienced less of the drug violence that plagues cartel strongholds in other regions of the country.

Plaza Garibaldi, Mexico City's home of mariachi music, borders the notorious Tepito district, home to the violent La Union drug gang.

Another 37,000 people are reported as missing. However, since 2014, homicides in the capital have surged to record levels, presenting a major challenge to an incoming city government that has vowed a clean-up. Police blame much of the capital's crime on drug dealers and protection rackets run by violent gangs. Malcolm X's grandson Malcolm Shabazz was found beaten to death outside a bar there in 2013 after a dispute over a bill.

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