Five deaths in mariachi plaza shootout pose test for Mexico’s new govt

‘Mariachi musician’ gunmen kill three in Mexico City Five people were killed and several others were wounded, the city’s prosecutor’s office said.

A mariachi musician reads a newspaper near a crime scene hours after unknown assailants attacked people with rifles and pistols at an intersection on the edge of the tourist Plaza Garibaldi in Mexico City , Mexico September 15, 2018. It’s unclear whether the shooting was motivated by gang violence, but the Times notes that a district infested with drugs and gangs lies about a mile away.

After years of keeping a lid on the worst violent crime that has plagued Mexico, the capital has seen a surge in homicides since 2014 to record levels. No arrests have been made. They were still on the run as of Saturday night, and it was unclear if either of the people being questioned was a suspect in the shooting.

Mexican news outlet La Silla Rota circulated surveillance video of the alleged assailants wearing traditional embroidered jackets and trousers as they fled on motorcycles. The capital was kicking off weekend-long independence day celebrations.

Lisa Sanchez, director of Mexicans United Against Delinquency, described the shooting as a "piercing portrait" of Mexico.

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Garibaldi square is one of the main attractions of the capital of Mexico and has always attracted a lot of couples who come here to listen to the serenades performed by a Mariachi.
She said the fact that the shooting happened in a crowded public square demonstrates that impunity prevails in […]

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This article was written by Ian Hayden Parker, Oaxaca Life staff writer, the leading source for English news in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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