Skip to comments.Mexican shooting kills 8; vigilantes suspected
Posted on 08/31/2009 12:52:51 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch
CULIACAN, Mexico A shooting that killed eight people partying on a seaside boulevard in northwestern Mexico may have been the work of vigilantes targeting car thieves, a prosecutor said.
The gunmen drove up in a white SUV and fired on the festive crowd without saying a word, Sinaloa state deputy Attorney General Jose Luis Leyva said Sunday.
A 15-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl were among the youngest killed Saturday night in the Pacific coast town of Navolato. Four people were wounded.
Also among the dead were two brothers in their 30s who had a record of car theft, Leyva told The Associated Press. He said investigators were considering the possibility that the gunmen belonged to a criminal gang known as the "Death Squad," which has been killing car thieves in the region.
"It's one line of the investigation, and of course we are going to follow it," Levya said.
He said ballistic evidence suggested that some people may have fired back at the gunmen.
Sinaloa, a state straddling Mexico's northern Pacific coast, is cradle of at least two main drug cartels and a longtime hotspot for gang violence.
Increasingly, civilians have been caught in the crossfire of Mexico's relentless gang violence. Gunmen apparently targeting rivals have sprayed bullets into clubs, bars and taco stands. Last year, a grenade attack killed eight people and wounded 106 during an Independence Day celebration in the western city of Morelia.
The seaside boulevard in Navolato is a popular gathering place for young people on the weekends, but it was nearly deserted the day after the attack.
Gang violence has claimed at least 13,500 lives since President Felipe Calderon took office in 2006 and sent tens of thousands of troops and federal police to battle drug cartels across Mexico.
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Well, you have to say that is original...!
On a serious note, in Columbia during their bad days with drug lords, citizens/vigilantes starting doing the job the government could or would not due to corruption/incompetence.
Except the vigilante groups went after drug lords, their lawyers, accountants, bodyguards, anyone who enabled them. It was quite effective.
Whiskey for my men, beer for our horses.......
¡Escuadrón de la muerte ping!
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We got too many gangsters
Doing dirty deeds
Too much corruption
And crime in the streets
It’s time the long arm of the law
Put a few more in the ground
Send them all to their Maker
And he’ll set them on down
You can bet, He’ll set ‘em down