by Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat
Once again a code red was issued in Saltillo, the capital city of the Mexican state of Coahuila. At 3:30 PM, in what has become a regular event in the city, another shootout between elements of GATEs and armed gunmen has occurred, it is reported that at least four suspects killed and one injured in this latest shootout.
This shootout is the fifth in a 10 day period. Coahuila’s attorney general warned in his Twitter page “Persecution of alleged criminals north of the city, take precautions”.
Throughout the city, gunshots, granadazos, (grenades) and the sirens of ambulances and police vehicles could be heard, prompting citizens to access social networks reporting on which areas of the city to avoid because of the violence.
The attack began at calle Ignacio Ramón southwest of the city, this resulted in a chase through the streets Emilio Carranza, Francisco Murguia and Pedro Ampudia.
At 4:10 another grenade attack was reported against Muguerza Hospital resulting in one injured person.
La zona hospitalaria continúa resguardada por elementos de la Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional, policía estatal investigadora, la FiscalThe hospital area still guarded by members of the Ministry of National Defense.
The shootout became reminiscent of the shootout in Piedras Negras last week, as the shootout in that city coming close to a softball tournament, causing chaos, so to today in Saltillo as the violence reached a stadium where a baseball game was being played, hearing the shots caused the Los Saraperos players to hit the ground. No one was hurt, the players bus not so lucky sustaining three bullets.
Universities, businesses and restaurants closed after the code red was issued. Bridges into the city were also closed during the shootout as police scoured the city for gunmen.
One a personal note, last week a team of my employees travelled to Saltillo to deliver supplies to Central American migrants. We have travelled to Saltillo countless times over the years never anticipating violence. However last week after checking into a hotel my team called me in a panic after hearing gunshots for over 2 hours.
They did not leave the hotel until the next morning, but reported hearing gunshots into the night. I searched news sources but did not find the cause of the gunshots or that the event occurred. This begs the question of how many shootouts are not being reported.