by:The Brownsville Herald
Gunfire broke out in Matamoros Friday, leaving at least 47 people dead and causing the closure of all three bridges between Brownsville and Mexico.
The fighting reportedly involved members of the Gulf Cartel, the Zetas and Mexican federal police and military
University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College closed the Fort Brown campus and moved the soccer games scheduled for Friday night to the Brownsville Sports Park.
Gunfire was reported in Matamoros in a number of incidents beginning Friday morning, with at least 30 people dead by around noon, according to a law enforcement official who spoke on condition that his name not be used.
In the afternoon, a major confrontation near city hall killed at least 17 more people, the source said.
One of those killed around midday was identified as Carlos Alberto Guajardo, 37, a reporter for the newspaper El Expreso. Sources with knowledge of the incident said Guajardo apparently was killed by soldiers who were chasing narcotics traffickers.
Matamoros, unknown location
natural gas tanker blocking intersection of periferico and diez y seis
The Department of the Navy confirmed that Ezequiel Cárdenas Guillén, alias Tony Tormenta, was shot and killed along with three of his henchmen in a confrontation in Matamoros, Tamaulipas.
Jose Luis Vergara, a spokesman for the agency, said the death of the Gulf cartel leader, Tony Tormenta, took place in a building in which he sought refuge after being located by naval personnel.