Twenty people were shot dead on Sunday in central Mexico, the State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) said in a statement. Bet on cockfights in the town of Rustinahas, Michoacan.
According to the Attorney General’s office, 16 male and 3 female “corpses” were found on the scene, all with gunshot wounds. Later, on his way to the hospital, an additional person died and five more were being treated for injuries.
Federal authorities work in Michoacan’s office “for the purpose of capturing the person responsible for the act of violence.” The Secretary of Public Security said..
Authorities did not reveal the reason for the shooting.
However, Michoacan and adjacent Guanajuato are two of Mexico’s most violent states due to a lawn war between rival gangs involved in other illegal activities, including drug trafficking and the trade in stolen fuel.
Earlier this monthAguilya mayor Cesar Valencia was shot dead by an unknown attacker while traveling in a city hall car near the town’s soccer field, officials said.
Michoacan is also the world’s largest avocado producing region, and a threat to US inspectors working there last month has forced the United States to suspend Mexican fruit exports for more than a week.
Last month, an armed attack in a state believed to be the result of a gang conflict..
It was believed that the attack was motivated by the “vengeance” of one cell of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel against another, said Ricardo Messiah, deputy minister of security.
The government said DNA samples of 11 potential victims were collected at the scene, but the death toll could not be determined because no bodies were found.
The Justice Department considers the Jalisco New Generation Cartel to be “one of the five most dangerous cross-border criminal organizations in the world.”
Mexico has been trapped in a spiral of cartel-related violence since 2006, when the government launched a controversial anti-drug operation with the Federal Army.
According to official figures, there have been more than 340,000 murders since then, most of them blaming the fight between criminals.
Earlier this month, gunmen killed nine people in an attack on a home in central Mexico.It rocked the middle-class region of the normally peaceful town of Atrisco.
Puebla Governor Miguel Barbosa said the attack was a “place of drug sales and distribution” and the identities of the victims were unknown.