- Title: MEXICO: Three killed in drug violence in Mexico's second city
- Date: 21st April 2011
- Summary: GUADALAJARA, JALISCO, MEXICO (APRIL 19, 2011) (REUTERS) AUTHORITIES AT CRIME SCENE / BODY LYING ON GROUND VARIOUS OF VICTIMS LYING NEXT TO VEHICLE CHARRED VEHICLE PARKED OUTSIDE CONVENIENCE STORE GENERAL VIEW OF CRIME SCENE / PETROL STATION MORE OF CHARRED VEHICLE POLICE VEHICLE DRIVING PAST AT SPEED MORE OF AUTHORITIES / POLICE VEHICLE AT CRIME SCENE BODY SEEN ON BACK OF PICK-UP VEHICLE MORE OF GENERAL VIEW OF CRIME SCENE VARIOUS OF FIREMEN, AUTHORITIES INSPECTING CRIME SCENE EVIDENCE LYING ON GROUND MORE OF AUTHORITIES INSPECTING CRIME SCENE BULLET HOLES SEEN ON SHOP WINDOW FORENSIC SCIENTISTS MOVING VICTIM'S BODY MORE OF FORENSIC SCIENTISTS MOVING BODY OF VICTIM ON STRETCHER BULLET HOLES SEEN ON VEHICLE'S WIND SHIELD VARIOUS OF EXTERIOR OF CONVENIENCE STORE SOLDIERS WALKING AWAY
- Embargoed: 6th May 2011 13:00
- Location: Mexico, Mexico
- Country: Mexico
- Reuters ID: LVA2B5ZOQS5R0TJB57K3KGH1OZKC
- Story Text: Three suspected drug traffickers were killed by a rival gang after a shootout outside a convenience store and petrol station on Tuesday (April 19) on the outskirts of Guadalajara, in the Mexican state of Jalisco.
The three victims arrived at the convenience store on board a white compact vehicle and a motorbike mounted with an AK-47. They were greeted by gunfire from another group of men who also attacked them with grenades.
A vehicle parked at store was set on fire and completely charred while its occupants bought groceries. The vehicle occupants were taken to the hospital suffering from shock and one of them had to be treated for injuries caused by grenade splinters. Their condition is reported as stable.
Two bodies were left lying next to the white vehicle while another body was found inside.
Forensic scientists and legal experts arrived at the scene of the shootout where hundreds of bullet casings were found lying on the ground. Four spent grenades were discovered as well as two grenades which failed to go off.
Cartel hitmen are murdering rivals and terrifying residents across Mexico's second city Guadalajara as it prepares to host the Pan American Games in a deepening of the country's drugs war.
Gunmen firing automatic weapons have torched vehicles and blockaded roads in the once-peaceful city in the last couples of months, in brazen acts echoing violence ravaging Mexico's northern border.
Guadalajara is the capital of the western state of Jalisco, home to Mexico's mariachi music and tequila, and was for long spared the beheadings and drive-by shootings tainting other areas of the country.
But drug killings in Jalisco more than doubled last year to almost 600, with about half of them in Guadalajara.
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