12 dead and 3 injured in bar attack in central Mexico
Eva Deschamps / October 16, 2022
Twelve people were killed and three injured by gunfire Saturday in an attack on a bar in the town of Irapuato, in the state of Guanajuato (central Mexico), according to a report by local authorities.
The municipality of Irapuato "confirmed the death of six men and six women," as well as the three people injured, in a statement that gave no details about the assailants or the motive for the attack.
Police sources said the killing occurred at around 7:51 p.m. local time when an armed gang entered the establishment and opened fire on the occupants, customers and employees.
The body of one of the victims was found next to a motorcycle, near the bar, while the other bodies were found inside.
The municipality confirmed that an operation was underway with the support of the police, the army, the prosecutor's office and the National Guard to find the killers.
Guanajuato, a thriving industrial state, has become the most violent in Mexico due to rivalries between the Santa Rosa de Lima and Jalisco Nueva Generación cartels over their shared activities, including drug trafficking and fuel theft.
According to authorities, between January and August, 2,115 homicides were committed in the area.