Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Gunmen Kill Three People in Chihuahua

Monday, November 28, 2011 |

Two men and a woman were killed by gunmen as they drove down an avenue over the weekend in Chihuahua city, the capital of the like-named northern Mexican state, police said.

The victims were on a busy avenue when their compact car was cut off by the gunmen, who opened fire on the vehicle, the Chihuahua municipal police department said.

The men got out of the car and tried to run, but the gunmen killed them, police said, adding that the woman was shot dead inside the automobile.

The unidentified gunmen managed to get away from the crime scene and investigators do not have any leads in the shooting.

Chihuahua, one of the states most affected by drug-related violence in Mexico, has accounted for about 30 percent of the more than 40,000 drug-related murders registered since President Felipe Calderon declared war on the country’s drug cartels nearly five years ago.

The state accounted for 1,567 of the 10,022 drug-related murders registered between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30 in Mexico, a report published last month in Mexico City’s Reforma newspaper said.

Chihuahua is home to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico’s murder capital.

Juarez, located across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, has been the scene in the past few years of a turf war between the Sinaloa and Juarez drug cartels.

Ciudad Juarez has been plagued by drug-related violence for years.

The murder rate took off in the border city of 1.5 million people in 2007, when 310 people were killed, then it more than tripled to 1,607 in 2008, according to Chihuahua AG’s office figures, with the number of killings climbing to 2,754 in 2009.

More than 3,100 people were murdered in the border city last year, making 2010 the worst year since a war between rival drug gangs sent the homicide rate skyrocketing in 2008.

The killing has not slowed this year, with about 1,900 people murdered in Juarez.

Source: EFE

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Anonymous said...

A line from the Big Lebowski pretty much covers this dead on:

The Dude: "You got any promising leads or..."
Policeman: "Leads? Yeah, sure. I'll, uh, just check with the boys down at the crime lab. They got four more detectives working on the case. They got us working in shifts. [laughing hard] Leads?"

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Anonymous said...

Another HIT why ? Unknown Motive. Here again unarmed people slaughtered no chance, you can'y outrun a bullet. Did you know that the Mexican Constitution gives the people the right to bear arms? It Does then the politicians started to pass laws regulations in 1968 that totally screwed up gun ownership and possesion in Mexico. Mexico has 1 gun store in the entire country,Mx city,get a permit wait buy a gun get another permit. The reason for all the permits in Mexico it gives more govt people more opportunitys to demand bribes. I moved some heavy equip into Mx 1 month 4 separate bribes 2 permits import tax Lovley. If people in Mexico could defend themselves at least they could make the bad guys earn theit killings,instead of laying down like sheep, thanks to the Mx Govt.

Anonymous said...

My prayers are with my people in Mexico,God speed.

Anonymous said...

The problem is Mexico is corrupt from the bottom up I used to get no tickets in Mexico I would pay cop 10 bucks and have a good day in USA its corrupt mainly at the top no way you give a 10 dollar bribe to a copin USA,I say legalize and tax that will kill the cartel,Evert other avenue has not work,its the less of two evils at least u can decide not to take drugs you can't say no to the cartels.

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