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Phoenix woman wounded following deadly drug cartel shootout in popular Mexican tourist area near Arizona

April 5, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Phoenix woman wounded following deadly drug cartel shootout in popular Mexican tourist area near Arizona

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Two people were killed and three others were wounded including a 19-year-old Phoenix woman after a violent gun battle erupted between rival drug cartel groups in the Rocky Point (Puerto Peñasco) tourist area last Saturday.

The shootout, which occurred around 1 am, sparked panic as gunfire erupted among the thousands of tourists visiting bars, clubs, walkways, and public roads.

During the incident, a truck of tourists trying to flee accidentally crashed into a Red Cross ambulance that was arriving on the scene.

Rocky Point is located roughly 60 miles south of the Arizona-Mexico Border and is a well-known weekend and holiday destination.

According to Excelsior, the two victims who were killed in the altercation have been identified as 44-year-old Ramón Sosol Vázquez, who was struck with bullets at least six times; and 40-year-old Gabriel Corral Vizcarra, who was also shot multiple times. Both victims were Mexican citizens.

According to Local 12 News, one of the three wounded victims was identified as Lizet Garza, 19, who is from Phoenix, Arizona—she was shot in the leg. Two other Mexican citizens also sustained gunshot wounds to their legs.

The local media indicated that after the altercation, the gunmen escaped in different cars–one was a silver van which was abandoned with an AK-47 in the backseat.

Local press outlets reported that a second car was also abandoned. The vehicle was a Dodge Charger with Arizona plates and had been reported stolen. Two AK-47s and a handgun were found inside.

It is believed that the violence erupted due to a dispute between rival cells of the Sinaloa drug cartel working in the region.

The most recent travel advisory issued by the U.S. State Department notes that “Puerto Peñasco should be visited using the Lukeville, Arizona/Sonoyta crossing, and limit driving to daylight hours” because of drug and violence issues in other parts of the state.

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