VIDEO: 10 people killed, 10 injured in rival cartel shootout in Baja California
Video of the shooting uploaded to social media shows people running for safety when the gunfire begins. Several bodies can be seen lying on the floor next to the off-road vehicles
May 22, 2023 8:27am
Updated: May 22, 2023 8:27am
A shoot-out between rival cartels in Baja California left at least ten people dead and ten others injured, the Mexican government said on Saturday.
The shooting broke out during a two-day car racing event at around 2:18 p.m. in the San Vicente area of the city of Ensenada, near the U.S.-Mexico border, according to the Baja California state attorney general’s office. During the event, several armed individuals got out of a vehicle and opened fire on participants and vehicles that were at the rally.
BREAKING: Mass Shooting in Mexico— Mario Nawfal (@MarioNawfal) May 21, 2023
A mass shooting, likely carried out by members of a cartel, has occurred in Ensenada, Baja California, resulting in the death of up to 10 people, according to preliminary reports.
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Video of the shooting uploaded to social media shows people running for safety when the gunfire begins. Several bodies can be seen lying on the floor next to the off-road vehicles.
“This one is dead. This one is also dead. This one is wounded,” the man recording the video can be heard saying as he points to three bodies on the floor.
CARTEL MASS SHOOTING— BIG MAN ON CAMPUS (@JeffNadu) May 21, 2023
ENSENADA, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
11 killed- possibly more and a dozen wounded civilians in an armed attack during an off-road racing event in the municipality of San Vicente in Ensenada Baja California
The municipal and state police, the Fire Department, the Marines, and the Mexican Red Cross responded to the incident.
At least ten individuals were transported to nearby hospitals by the Mexican Red Cross. The identities of the victims have not been released.
The motive behind the shooting is still unknown. The state prosecutor’s office said there was evidence of crossfire, suggesting that it might have been a shootout between two rival organized crime groups. Authorities believe that the shooting was caused by a fight between the Sinaloa cartel and the CJNG cartel.
State Attorney General Ricardo Ivan Carpio Sanchez commissioned a special team to conduct an investigation into the shooting, according to Ensenada Mayor Armando Ayala Robles.
“Unfortunately, what happened during the tour was not in our hands,” said the organizers of the car rally in a statement. “We are as baffled as all of you since we have nothing to do with what happened.”