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Cartel hitmen dressed as Mariachis kill 5 in Mexico City tourist center

September 19, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Cartel hitmen dressed as Mariachis kill 5 in Mexico City tourist center

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Three cartel hitmen in mariachi costumes opened fire in one of a frequented visited tourist plazas of Mexico City.

According to local media reports, the deadly cartel-related shooting occurred in Mexico City’s Plaza Garibaldi, an area visited by tourists to watch mariachi performances resulting in the deaths of five victims and injuring as many as seven others.

Preliminary information published by Mexican officials indicated that three gunmen dressed as mariachis arrived at the Plaza on motorcycles and began shooting directly into the crowd.

Soon after the attack, investigators recovered roughly 50 shell casings ejected from the firearms the gunmen used.

Cartel sicarios dressed as mariachis killed five people during an attack at a Mexico City tourist plaza

Officials have not revealed how many of the victims were innocent bystanders and how many were planned targets.

However, reports have linked the attack to an ongoing turf war between a group called “La Union de Tepito” currently headed by David “El Pistache” Garcia Ramirez and a splinter of the cartel commanded by Sergio “El Tortas” Flores Concha who call themselves the “Anti-Union.”

The two dominant cartels have been battling for control of the distribution of drugs, along with the extortion fees collected from bars and restaurants throughout Mexico City.

La Union de Tepito is also heavily implicated in the illegal firearms trade. The cartel implemented a weapons distribution line from the border of Texas into Mexico City.

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