Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

8 bad guys die in Zacatecas

Saturday, May 5, 2012 |


By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

A total of eight armed suspects died in an armed encounter in Jerez municipality in Zacatecas state early Saturday morning, according to Mexican news sources.

The pursuit and gunfire began at around 0130 hrs, according to a news item posted on the website at El Sol de Mexico news daily, in Fovissste and Niños Heroes colonies with stray rounds hitting in Francisco García Salinas colony.

Additionally, individuals aboard an SUV fired weapons, and a grenade was detonated which resulted in a burned vehicle.  NTR Zacatecas in a report posted on its website, said the vehicle brand was a Nissan Tiilda.  A separate report posted by Zacatecas en Linea said that two of the dead were immolated when the vehicle was struck by a grenade.

In the aftermath, undisclosed numbers of weapons and one grenade was found at the scene by Mexican Army road patrols dispatched to the area.  Spent shell casings numbering into the hundreds were reportedly found in the area where the gunfight ended.

The Zacatecas en Linea report also said that the confrontation was probably between Los Zetas and Gulf cartel shooters.

According to a news item posted on its website on El Sol de Zacatecas news daily, an earlier attack in Jerez took place on the afternoon of April 29th when a group of armed suspects fired their weapons in a residence in Las Huertas colony near Zona Centro of the municipality.

Damaged residence in Jerez


In that incident, the homeowner returned fire.  No reports had been received about injuries from the gunfire and the homeowner had reportedly fled the city with his family, abandoning the two story building.

A separate report from the website of Zacatecas en Linea said that an earlier exchange of gunfire took place nearby where the residence was attacked.  Reports were  of gunfire that had spread to other parts of the colony.  That report also said that rival criminal gangs had exchanged gunfire in the area.

Gunfire was also heard in Jerez last April 28th in Alameda colony, which is east of Federal Highway 23. 

Jerez, which the official name is Jerez de Garcia Salina sits astride Mexico Federal Highway 23 roughly 40 kilometers south of Fresnillo and 25 kilometers southwest of Zacatceas, the capital of Zacatecas state.

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com

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Anonymous said...

I call b.s. That home is way too destroyed to be just "damaged" they were targeting that home. The home owner has admirable balls returning fire and protecting his family. More mexicans need to react like this!

Happy cinco de mayo

Tairy Hesticles.

Anonymous said...

No shit man, no way that house wasn't being targeted specifically with the patterns and volume of fire directed its way. Unless these guys are just shooting wildly in circles... One wouldn't think that would be the case though given the fact that ammo is a prized commodity in Mexico. Sad week in Mexico. The sensationalist news in the states stopped talking about Bin Laden for three minutes yesterday to talk about the bodies in N. Laredo, hopefully with the sheer over the top nature of the depravity being displayed down south, the American public will start to empathize more with the people of Mexico and pressure the media and politicians to intervene in a meaningful fashion. How much worse does it have to get?

Anonymous said...

As much as I wanna see the violence stop, it's not America's problem. It might become one very soon, and when it does then I'd understand. But I couldn't justify the lives of our troops

Anonymous said...

Chris, how are you always so sure they are bad guys. Did you not get the information from a media source in Mexico which is more than likely reporting what a very corrupt military tells them. The same military that has killed hundreds of thousands of innocent people for the last 50 years. How do you know they were innocent people that were resistant of the Calderon Administration. It happens all the time.

Anonymous said...

Iraq was? I just cannot understand the idea that people in the states don't see the urgency here. This is our back yard and we depend on Mexico and more importantly Mexicans than we do any mid eastern country. I wouldnt support a full scale invasion, but I think special ops and targeted strikes against some of these bastards is beyond due. If for no other reason, just to get things back to being quiet. Until prohibition ends and we stop conceding a never ending, all profit, multi billion dollar a year industry to criminals, there will always be those willing to supply the goods. However, since people think that legalizing drugs will cause the apocalypse, we can at least help get things back to a relatively amicable homeostasis.

badanov said...

Chris, how are you always so sure they are bad guys. Did you not get the information from a media source in Mexico which is more than likely reporting what a very corrupt military tells them. The same military that has killed hundreds of thousands of innocent people for the last 50 years. How do you know they were innocent people that were resistant of the Calderon Administration. It happens all the time.

If you are carrying a weapon outside of your personal domicile and you expect to exchange gunfire with others of your citizens, even if those citizens are part of a rival gang, or with your nation's security forces, you are by every objective standard in every nation on earth a bad guy. You may have notice that in the text of the story, the dead bad guys are always referred to as armed suspects, inasmuch as I think they are bad guys for being caught armed, as in locked and loaded and ready to rock and roll, outside their home.

If the Mexican military are corrupt then they are not supposed to be, and the military should take measures to improve their counterintelligence capabilities to detect, eliminate and possibly prevent corruption.

Lastly, if the Mexican military has killed hundreds of thousands of people in the last 50 years, as you claim, why are the military amongst the most popular institutions in Mexico?

scoop said...

We have to remember that criminals have more rights then anyone when it comes to these politically correct standards we are forced to live by. They military is bad mouthed while the gangs are glorified.

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