By Chris Covert
A total of 12 individuals were killed in ongoing drug and gang violence in and around Monterrey in Nuevo Leon, according to Mexican news accounts.
Included in the death toll were two gunfights including one between armed suspects and a local police detachment, according to a news item posted on the website of Milenio news daily.
Four armed suspects were killed in a gunfight with presumed rival gangs members in a Barrio Moderna in Ciudad Solidaridad, north of Monterrey Saturday. The encounter took place at around 1530 hrs near the intersection of avenidas Gonzalez Camarena and Zeppelin. The suspects were reportedly in their 20s.
The second encounter took place at about 1545 hrs in Apodaca municipality in Bugambilias de Huinala colony near the intersection of calles Rio Danubio and Rio Nazas. The suspects travelling aboard an Ecosport van had fired on a convoy of municipal police agents. Police return fire killed all three, among them a female.
Police seized two rifles radio equipment and an undisclosed quantity of drugs.
Three other individuals were killed and around Monterrey, according to news reports in Milenio news daily.
- An inmate in Topo Chico Centro Readaptacion Social (CERESO) was beaten to death by three other inmates Saturday. The victim was identified as Noe David Gonzalez Martinez, 37. Gonzalez Martinez had been imprisoned since September 2009 for the crime of robbery with violence. He was attacked near the prison infirmary. The three inmates allegedly responsible for the crime were identified as Juan Manuel Mora Martinez, Juan Flores Aldape and José Cruz Gordiano Mascorro.
- A father and son were shot to death in their home in Apodaca municipality early Saturday morning. The shooting took place at a residence near the intersection of calle Pacto Trigarante and Grito de Dolores in Unidad Habitacional Independencia colony at around 0040 hrs. The Milenio report said the shooters were armed with assault rifles. The victims were identified as José Edgar Cerda Resendiz, 48 and Edgar Daniel Cerda Pompa, 21.
- Two unidentified men were shot to death Friday night in eastern Monterrey. The victims were both shot in the head by armed suspects who used AK-47 assault rifles. The attack took place on Revolucion Bridge on Avenida Revolucion at around 2130 hrs. According to witnesses, the shooters then fled in a sedan, which was later found and seized by agents with the Agencia Estatal Investigaciones (AEI).