Six people killed in gunfire between criminals in western Mexico
At least six people were killed in a shooting on Friday night in Mexico’s western state of Jalisco, a region hit by organized crime-related violence, authorities said Saturday.
The shooting occurred in the town of Teocaltiche on Friday night during Mexican Independence Day celebrations, according to a statement from the Jalisco state prosecutor’s office.
“Several people were attacked with a gun inside a bar in the Maravillas area, and city police moved to the scene,” he said.
Initially, the prosecutor’s office reported four deaths, but this Saturday confirmed six deaths.
The western state of Jalisco has been rocked by violence linked to the powerful Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), one of Mexico’s largest organizations.
The town of Teocaltiche, north of Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco state, was hit by another shooting incident on September 2, in which two police officers were killed.
Mexico has recorded more than 340,000 murders and about 100,000 disappearances since the start of a controversial military anti-drug operation in December 2006, most of them at the hands of organized crime.