In a meeting of one of Mexico's most beloved traditions and one of its most pervasive epidemics, gunmen dressed as mariachis shot up a thriving entertainment district of Mexico City on Friday night, killing five and injuring at least eight.
The report comes a day after witnesses said gunmen dressed as mariachi musicians opened fire with rifles and pistols in a plaza known for its mariachi bars.
Curious onlookers gather on the perimeters of a crime scene after a shooting in Garibaldi Plaza in Mexico City, Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. No arrests have been made.More news: Tropical Storm Helene heading toward The United Kingdom
Videos on social media and television showed a heavy police presence, with the attack site cordoned off and yellow markers where the bullet casings fell, but dozens of people continued to drink and listen to live music nearby. Four people died at the scene while another woman was pronounced dead after succumbing to her wounds at a hospital Saturday afternoon. No details were released on the identity of the foreign victim. Mexican authorities say at least four people have been killed and nine wounded in a shooting at the capital's emblematic plaza.
Investigators have not given a motive for the shooting but did say that two of the slain men, ages 36 and 46, had been previously convicted for robbery, while the older individual had also been convicted of drug trafficking charges. One of the injured who died was included in the officials' count.
Police patrol vehicles on Saturday were parked outside venues usually bursting with customers seeking to pay mariachi musicians to perform.More news: Cristiano Ronaldo gets off the mark for Juventus
The capital is on track to register a record number of homicides this year, and reversing that trend is part of incoming President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's enormous challenge to stem crime and violence nationwide.
Police have linked that gang to larger cartels such as the Jalisco New Generation. Garibaldi Plaza borders the gritty Tepito neighbourhood, home to the Union Tepito gang that has been extorting businesses across the capital.
Another 37,000 people are reported as missing.More news: Pokémon's Game Freak Announces New 'Town' RPG