A man and his 8-year-old son were shot and their vehicle set on fire in this violent Mexican border city, the Chihuahua state Attorney General's Office said Thursday.
The incident took place around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in a poor neighborhood of Ciudad Juarez, located just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas.
The young boy, Brayan, his father, Fidel Andrade, and an unidentified man were traveling in a red Chevrolet Suburban when group of armed men intercepted them and opened fire. After shooting them at least 39 times, the sicarios doused the vehicle with gasoline and set it ablaze.
"The boy suffered burns to one hundred percent of his body and his father at 60 percent. Another male adult survived the attack and was taken for medical assistance for burns.", said local police.
The second adult in the car managed to flee on foot and is being treated for burns, municipal police said.
With more than 3,100 homicides last year and nearly 300 so far in 2011, Ciudad Juarez is Mexico's murder capital and one of the most dangerous cities in the world.
Chihuahua as a whole, meanwhile, accounted for 32 percent of the more than 15,000 gangland killings reported nationwide in 2010. The mayhem is blamed on heavily armed gunslingers working for Mexico's rival drug cartels.
Sources: EFE, El Universal