Gun­men kill 10 at Mexico beer busi­ness: of­fi­cial

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL - BY ERICK MUNIZ

Gun­men stormed a beer busi­ness in north­ern Mexico on Fri­day, killing 10 peo­ple in broad day­light and leav­ing some of the vic­tims naked over an ap­par­ent gang feud, of­fi­cials said.

Sev­eral armed men ar­rived in two ve­hi­cles be­fore at­tack­ing peo­ple in­side the beer dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ter in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Gar­cia, a sub­urb of the in­dus­trial hub of Mon­ter­rey, pros­e­cu­tors said.

The “main line of in­ves­ti­ga­tion” is that the shoot­ing was linked to a dis­pute be­tween crim­i­nal groups, said Nuevo Leon state at­tor­ney gen­eral Javier Flores, adding that 7 kilo­grams of mar­i­juana was found at the scene.

Seven peo­ple died on the scene and were found ei­ther naked or half-naked, Flores said. The three other vic­tims died at a hos­pi­tal.

The vic­tims were “specif­i­cally tar­geted” in the at­tack, he said, adding that other dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ter work­ers were spared.

“We can’t be sure that the vic­tims were in­volved in crim­i­nal acts but by the way that they were at­tacked, it would ap­pear they were,” Flores said.

State in­ves­ti­ga­tors, who re­quested anonymity, said for­mer mem­bers of the Zetas drug car­tel used the lo­ca­tion for their traf­fick­ing scheme.

In ad­di­tion to the mar­i­juana, in­ves­ti­ga­tors found a scale, an as­sault ri­fle and 10 bullet shells. Another of­fi­cial said the as­sailants stole 10,000 pe­sos (US$650) in cash.

Home of ‘El Bronco’

Gar­cia is the home­town of Jaime “El Bronco” Ro­driguez, the for­mer mayor who made in­ter­na­tional head­lines this month when he be­came the first in­de­pen­dent can- di­date to win a gu­ber­na­to­rial elec­tion in the coun­try.

The Nuevo Leon gover­nor-elect gained fame when he was mayor from 2009 to 2012 as he de­fied the ul­tra-vi­o­lent Zetas car­tel.

Ro­driguez re­acted to Fri­day’s killing on his Face­book page, say­ing he was “sad and an­gry” and urged author­i­ties to act quickly to find the per­pe­tra­tors.

“They should not let the wave of vi­o­lence re­turn,” he said.

Ro­driguez says he sur­vived two as­sas­si­na­tion at­tempts when he was mayor and that his daugh­ter was briefly kid­napped when she was two years old.

Zetas leader Omar Trevino, alias “Z-42,” was cap­tured in March in another Mon­ter­rey sub­urb, the up­per-class dis­trict of San Pe­dro Garza Gar­cia.

The Zetas are ac­cused of be­ing be­hind an ar­son at­tack against a Mon­ter­rey casino that left 52 peo­ple dead in 2010.

The gang, founded by mil­i­tary de­sert­ers, used to be the armed wing of the Gulf car­tel un­til the two sides split in 2010, lead­ing to bloody turf wars in Mex­i­can states.

Mexico’s bor­der states are ma­jor drug routes to the United States and have en­dured some of the worst vi­o­lence in car­tel wars that has left more than 80,000 peo­ple dead and 22,000 miss­ing across the coun­try since 2006.

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