Shootout at famed Mexico City mariachi plaza leaves five dead

Homicides have surged since 2014 in Mexico City , an arts, food and culture hotspot for tourists from around the globe that has been spared much of the drug violence plaguing cartel strongholds, which has even hit resort towns Cancun, Los Cabos and Acapulco.

The former Mexico City mayor, who will take office in December, is confident that new strategies under the city’s incoming mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum, will be effective.

Many Mexicans wear mariachi costumes, a symbol of national pride, on Independence Day to commemorate the launch of the revolt against Spanish rule on September 16, 1810.

Video also shows dozens of police officers at the square in the aftermath of the shooting.

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

A Mexican security expert, Alejandro Hope, said the incident appeared to be a targeted shooting on a specific restaurant in the plaza by an organized crime group. No details were released on the identity of the foreign victim. Mexican authorities say five people have been killed and nine wounded in a shooting at the capital’s emblematic plaza. Thousands crowd into Mexico City’s central Zocalo square every year to hear the shout, and the celebration usually spills into Garibaldi Plaza. 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.

Police have linked that gang to larger cartels such as the Jalisco New Generation.

Mexico experienced its most violent year in 2017 with more than 25,000 murders , official figures suggest.Another 37,000 people are reported as missing.Plaza Garibaldi borders one of Mexico City’s most notorious neighborhoods, Tepito, home to La Union gang, which police say is behind a spurt in drug-dealing and protection […]

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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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