By Chris Covert
A total of six unidentified individuals were wounded in a series of shootings in the southern Chihuahua municipality of Guadalupe y Calvo earlier in the week.
Several Mexican news accounts, including news reports posted on the website of El Diario de Chihuahua news daily, say that four unidentified individuals were wounded in a shootout Wednesday between rival gangs between the villages of Puerto Yerbitas and El Ocote. An ambulance had been dispatched to take the four victims to medical care in nearby Parral only to be intercepted by armed suspects near the village of San José de los Baylon.
According to an account posted on the website of MexicoWebcast.com. a Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by a lone individual was used to block the road as other suspects grabbed four of the shooting victims.
The other two shooting victims had been wounded after attempting to run a checkpoint set up by armed suspects on the highway between Guadalupe y Calvo and Parral near the village of Turuachi.
Later in the afternoon, Chihuahua state Policia Minsiteriales and some elements of the Mexican Army went to the sawmill where the larger shootout took place. There they found two burned out tractor trailer rigs, eight weapons magazines, 362 AK-47 rounds of ammunition and 62 rounds of .223 caliber AR-15 ammunition, and one hand grenade. The grenade was said to be US made.
Separately, according to a news report by Angelica Martinez for AgoraRevista.com, Chihuahua Fiscalia General del Estado (FGE) or attorney general is investigating links between the kidnapping and subsequent murder of Jaime Orozco Madrigal, who was a candidate for the Partido Revolucionario Institutional (PRI) for municipal president of Guadalupe y Calvo, and the Sinaloa Drug Cartel.
Sr. Orozco Madrigal was kidnapped June 9th and was found dead three days later. Orozco Madrigal's father and brother had been kidnapped and released late in 2012. Without describing specifics the article says Chihuahua FGE officials say a connection exists between the crime and the Sinaloa Drug Cartel.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com and Borderlandbeat.com He can be reached at email@example.com