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Cartel gunfire leaves four wounded, including U.S. citizen in Mexican beachside town of Rosarito

June 9, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Cartel gunfire leaves four wounded, including U.S. citizen in Mexican beachside town of Rosarito Carmen Olsen

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Four people including a U.S. citizen were injured during a broad daylight shooting inside a restaurant in the Mexican town of Rosarito, a popular tourist spot for Americans.

The Director of the Municipal Police of Rosarito, Adrián Hernández Pérez, revealed that a shooter walked up to Chiltepinos Wings and opened fire on the restaurant, hitting four victims.

The victims were identified as a 21-year-old man from Tijuana who suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was raced to the hospital where he underwent surgery and is recorded in critical condition, according to local reports.

Another male sustained a gunshot wound to the abdomen and also underwent surgery. A third male was reportedly a resident of California sustained a grazing gunshot wounded to his arm and was examined by emergency personnel at the scene.

The fourth victim was a local female who was brushed by what was believed a bullet to her right arm but did not need treatment.

The gunman escaped in a getaway vehicle.

Rosarito is located next to the U.S.-Mexico Border roughly 20 miles south of California. The restaurant was in Plaza Pabellón Rosarito, a well-known destination for U.S. tourists and is the main shopping center in the city.

The Director of the Municipal Police indicated that an intensive operation was initiated to track down the gunman but did not have any luck.

Like much of Mexico, Rosarito has not been spared from cartel violence which is expanding throughout the nation.

Rosarito was once known for its beaches and nightclubs attracting young people from the U.S.—especially during holiday weekends.

However, in the last few years, Rosarito underwent an increase in homicides mainly fueled by rival cartels and affiliated gangs battling over lucrative drug markets. The primary drug blamed for these turf wars is meth.

Rosarito concluded 2017 with 154 murders. So far this year, there has been a notable decrease in slayings in the area, with only 35 recorded thus far.

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