October 25- A client at a drug rehab center in the Mexican border city of Tijuana says a gang of armed men gunned down 13 recovering addicts in a rehabilitation center named El Camino Asociación Civil, which is located in colonia Buenos Aires Sur, al Este.
Around 8:30 last night the gunmen stormed the dormitory and ordered the inhabitants into the living room and opened fire after instructing them to lie down on the floor.
Paramedics at the scene confirmed that the killers had already left by the time they arrived. Later that night, a warning was issued over the police radio that "this hasn't even started yet" and it was followed by various 'narco-corridos.'
12 of the 13 victims have been identified:
Irineo Godínez García, age 47; Antonio Meza Contreras, age 56; Bernabé Álvarez Piceño, age 35; José López Sauceda, age 28; Fabián González Zea, age 19; Juan Daniel Casi Esquer, age 32; Wilson Ramírez Peña, age 42; Joaquín García Hernández, age 39; Jorge Palacios Goya, age 37; Edwin Vargas Ávila, age 33; Pedro Villegas, Juan Roberto Sánchez Ortega and Salvador Bustos, all of them 30 years old.
Attack in the Dormitories
Based on witness testimoney, the Secretary of Municipal Public Security (SSPM) was able to piece together the events that occured this past Sunday and provided the names of the victims.
AFN sources say that according to case file number TIN/1149/2010 of the SSPM, which refers to the events that occured at 20:45 hours on Sunday the 24th of October, the investigation by agents of Cerro Colorado yielded information that there was a total of 13 victims and 10 people who were present at the time of the murders.
The person in charge of the center in question, Melquiadez Hernández Esparza, age 52 said he was in the dormitories along with the 9 other witnesses when they heard the gunfire nearby.
The attack lasted 2 minutes. The witnesses heard the gunshots and noticied a grey truck was outside the building with the engine running that was used as the getaway vehicle.
Hernández Esparza says they didn't leave their dormitory until they heard the gunfire cease; they saw 4 gunmen leaving, carrying “large guns, looked like some type of assault rifles”.
The site of the multiple homicide was covered by Municipal Police, Ministerial and Federal Police, also joined by elements of the Mexican Army.