Armed assailants burst into a Red Cross clinic to finish off a wounded man, police in this violent Mexican border city said.
The victim had been brought to the clinic by his brother, who was badly wounded during Monday’s shooting inside the Red Cross facility and had to be rushed to another hospital in Ciudad Juarez, just across the border from El Paso, Texas.
This is not the first time killers in Mexico’s murder capital have pursued their wounded prey to a hospital.
Last month, hundreds of Juarez doctors and nurses staged a 24-hour strike to demand action from authorities at the end of a year that saw three area physicians murdered and 11 other health professionals abducted.
More than 3,100 homicides were reported last year in Juarez amid a brutal war pitting rival drug cartels against each other and the security forces, while 10 people were slain in the first three days of 2011.
Organized crime elements were also involved in incidents that left three dead and four wounded in and around the northern city of Monterrey, capital of Nuevo Leon state and home to some of Mexico’s leading industrial corporations.
All but one of Monday’s casualties occurred in an attack by gunmen on a city street, Monterrey Public Safety Secretary Jorge Garza said.
A 13-year-old boy and two adult men were killed and three other people wounded, he said.
In the Monterrey suburb of Apodaca, a marine was wounded and three suspects arrested in a military operation to apprehend a reputed crime boss.
The targets of the raid hurled grenades and fired assault rifles, Apodaca police chief Clemente Yañez said, adding that the suspects who managed to flee set two cars on fire and commandeered cargo trucks to block the main access route to Monterrey’s international airport.
Last year was the bloodiest in the history of Nuevo Leon, with more than 740 killed in drug-related violence, including 76 state and federal police.
Mexico’s drug war has claimed more than 30,000 lives nationwide since December 2006.