‘Mariachi musician’ gunmen kill three in Mexico City

At least five people were killed and eight others were wounded Friday night after gunmen disguised as mariachi musicians opened fire in Mexico City’s iconic square, sending residents and tourists fleeing as they head into the weekend’s Independence Day celebrations.

Five people have died after a shootout at Mexico City’s Garibaldi Plaza, a tourist hotspot known for its mariachis.

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

"People were screaming and running", said a disabled woman who sells cigarettes in Garibaldi, shortly after having heard what she thought were fireworks.

Local media reported late on Friday that assailants were dressed in the traditional mariachi costumes of short embroidered jackets and trousers.

The shooting cast a bloody pall over Independence Day festivities.

It is also the busiest time of year for Plaza Garibaldi, a beloved but seedy square that draws heavily on Mexican folklore.

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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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