By Chris Covert
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