Four deaths linked to organized crime were reported in Nayarit this Friday.
This Friday three men were killed in a midday clash between rival organized crime gangs in the municipality of Tuxpan.
The fighting began at about 11:00 AM on federal Highway 15 when two convoys with five vehicles each came into contact with each other in the area of Peñitas, a popular stop with travelers on this road.
The dead men were found in and around a Black Cherokee. One of the men had a black hood on and a bulletproof vest was found inside the vehicle.
According to information from witnesses, the fighting lasted for several minutes before both groups of gunmen fled, with one group abducting two members of the rival gang from the scene of the clash.
In the panic and confusion during the fighting, one female bystander was hit in the legs by gunfire. Dozens of other pedestrians and motorists were caught in the crossfire but no other injuries to innocent civilians were reported.
Witnesses at the scene also reported that the gunmen escaped with no pursuit by authorities as police officials and the military were slow in arriving.
A rash of vehicle burnings that have plagued Tepic, the capitol of Nayarit state, for the last several weeks have continued unabated as two more automobiles destroyed by fire were reported early Friday morning.
The burned remains of a bound and gagged male were found in the trunk of one of the vehicles, a Nissan Altima with Jalisco plates located in the Colonia Insurgentes area of the city.
Se enfrentan 2 bandas en Tuxpan
Prenden fuego a dos autos en Tepic
Balacera en Peñas……