Ciudad Juarez, Chih - Eight people, among them a 3-year-old boy, were shot to death in the past few hours in several attacks in this northern Mexican border city across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, officials said Sunday.
In one of the incidents on a ranch near Mexico’s most violent city, a family was attacked Saturday night by a group of pistol-wielding men who crashed a family party, killing two men and a 3-year-old boy.
Authorities said that the child died from gunshot wounds as he was being transported to a hospital.
Among the other victims in the assorted attacks around Ciudad Juarez were a couple who were killed outside a home and three men who were shot in separate incidents on different streets.
A toddler was killed alongside his father in a shooting at a horse race west of Juárez as part of another violent weekend with more than 20 murders.
Ricardo Beltran Flores, 39, and 17-month-old Alfredo Beltran Cervantes were shot Saturday evening at the Carril Siete Leguas. Two other males wounded in the shooting were hospitalized, Chihuahua state police said Sunday.
Ciudad Juarez, with 1.5 million residents, is being patrolled by 8,000 soldiers and 2,400 federal agents and officers who have been deployed to fight the Juarez and Sinaloa drug cartels, who are engaged in a war with one another for control of the lucrative drug routes across the border into the United States.