- Title: Video shows bloodbath after Mexico Marine shootout with gangsters
- Date: 21st July 2017
- Summary: OFFICE AREA OF CRIME SCENE WITH GRAFFITI IMAGE OF LADY JUSTICE ON THE WALL WEIGHING DEVICES REPORTEDLY USED FOR DRUGS ON TABLE NUMBERS WRITTEN ON SHEET OF PAPER MARINES ON PATROL ON ROAD MARINE CLEARING PEOPLE NEAR CRIME SCENE MARINE WITH MACHINE GUN CLUTCHED TO HIS CHEST GENERAL VIEW OF POLICE IN STREET NEAR CRIME SCENE BLOCKED OFF BY AUTHORITIES (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) LOCAL RESIDENT, YVETTE (LAST NAME NOT GIVEN), SAYING: "I don't think they (gang) will end up leaderless. Another one will come in and he could be worse than his predecessor, that is what has always happened. It will not stay as is now, there will be another who controls the area. Now we will see who it is whether it is a better or a more dangerous (person)." POLICE ON DUTY ON ROAD NEAR CRIME SCENE OFFICER CHECKING BOOT OF MAN'S CAR MOTORCYCLIST SHOWING CONTENTS OF BAG TO POLICE DRIVER CLOSING BOOT OF CAR AND ITâ€™S INSPECTED BY POLICE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) RESIDENT WHO WISHED TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS, SAYING: "Crime is something that you see regularly, it is very common in the light of day, you see assaults, drugs being bought, it is very common. Yes, the people responsible for our security should be concerned." EXTERIOR OF FORENSICS SCIENCE HEADQUARTERS MARINE ON DUTY OUTSIDE FORENSICS SCIENCE HEADQUARTERS MARINE AND POLICE OFFICER ON DUTY OUTSIDE HEADQUARTERS SECURITY OBSERVER FOR MEXICO CITY THINK TANK, FRANCISCO RIVAS, WALKING IN HIS OFFICE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) SECURITY ANALYST, FRANCISCO RIVAS, SAYING: "We have a number of criminals who are sufficiently able to hijack society because what we saw yesterday was how criminals can hijack society in the capital." MILITARY VEHICLE PARKED OUTSIDE HEADQUARTERS MARINE AND OFFICERS OUTSIDE HEADQUARTERS MARINES ON GUARD OUTSIDE HEADQUARTERS WITH MEDIA CREWS IN THE BACKGROUND (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) SECURITY ANALYST, FRANCISCO RIVAS, SAYING: "The ability to go in, take people off public transport and burn (the bus), to block streets and to be able to respond to the police and army, in this case the marines, with weapons and with force when we know that the marines have very advanced weapons, we're talking about a group that should be not be considered minor."
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- Keywords: shooting shootout Mexican Navy Marines crime drug trafficking Mexico City drug traffickers drug dealers violence
- Location: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
- City: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
- Country: Mexico
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Crime
- Reuters ID: LVA0036QNWR43
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: **EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT**
Fears in Mexico City on Friday (July 21) that the country's brutal war on drugs has hit the capital after a shootout in a suburb left eight suspected gangsters dead earlier this week. Reuters video showed the extent of the gunfight, with various bullet holes in a local home reportedly used by the gang as well as pools of bloods on the floor of the property.
According to official reports, marines on patrol in the suburb of Tlahuac were attacked by suspected gang members, sparking a firefight. The Navy said that among the dead was Felipe de Jesus Luna, whom it described as the head of a violent criminal organisation. The Navy said the gangsters were suspected of drug dealing, extortion, murder and kidnapping.
The exchange was one of the most violent clashes between security forces and gangs since 17 suspected gangsters were killed in northwestern Mexico at the end of June.
Mexico City has largely been spared the worst of the country's drug violence, with the capital often seen as a neutral space amongst rival gangs and cartels. But there are fears the balance has been disturbed. More than 100,000 people have been killed nationwide since Mexico declared an army-led crackdown on drug cartels and criminal gangs.
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