By Chris Covert
A total of eight individuals were killed in ongoing drug and gang related violence in and near Monterrey in Nuevo Leon, according to Mexican press reports.
An article posted Sunday morning on the website of Milenio news daily said that armed suspects entered Jhonny´s Place bar in Guadalupe municipality near the Monterrey to Nuevo Laredo highway Saturday night killing three customers and a guard. Another eight individuals were wounded in the attack.
At nearly the same moment another attack, this time against a traffic cop, took place near a dance hall called Villa Antigua in nearby Juarez municipality in Garza y Garza colony. Security elements at the scene found one unidentified local police agent dead and two taxi cab drivers wounded.
Friday afternoon at around 1740 hrs, an Apodaca traffic cop was fond shot to death near the intersection of Avenida Carlos Salinas de Gortari and Calle Ojo de Agua. The officer was identified as Joel Rodriguez Martinez, a motorcycle patrol officer.
Two 7.62mm spent cartridge casings were found at the scene. Rodriguez Martinez was shot once in the chest and once in the head.
Further south of Monterrey, in Altamira colony, an unidentified man was shot to death and his girlfriend and mother were wounded at a family gathering Saturday night at a residence near the intersection of Privada 7 de Diciembre and Prolongacion Hilario Martinez.
The attack used a handgun and fired seven founds at the victim hitting him once in the head and once in the chest.
Separately, a local Monterrey attorney was found shot to death in Monterrey Friday evening.
According to a separate news report which appeared on the website of Milenio, Eliseo Martinez Elizondo was found near the intersection of avenidas Corregidora and Aaron Saenz near Santa Maria and Cumbres del Valle colonies. The victim was blindfolded and had been shot three times. Martinez Elizondo was reportedly kidnapped the day before his body was found.
Martinez Elizondo has been linked to local casinos as a founding member of a gaming company which was bought out Resolute Operating Company, LLC. He was also general counsel to a number of bars in the Monterrey area and he maintained an office in Texas.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com and BorderlandBeat.com