Terror in Torreon: 9 die, 21 wounded in funeral shootout -- UPDATED
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By Chris Covert
Nine unidentified individuals were shot to death and another 21 were wounded in a mass shooting at a funeral in Torreon, Coahuila Monday afternoon, according to Mexican news accounts.
According to news stories posted on the websites of El Diario de Coahuila news daily and a wire dispatch which appeared on the website of El Sol de Zacatecas news daily, the shooting took place at the cemetery Jardines del Tiempo at around 1620 hrs. The cemetery is located near the intersection of the Torreon-Matamoros road and Avenida Gilberto Rodriguez.
A news report posted on the website of El Sol de Mexico news daily reported that two more unidentified individuals died of their wounds. Three others of the 21 wounded who were taken for medical attention were listed in serious condition. Two of the shooting victims were children, but only one is said to have died.
According to press reports, some of the shooters were within the crowd of mourners and used 9mm, .45, .25 calibers and .38 Super pistols. Five pistols were abandoned at the scene. Other spent shell casings were found at the scene, prompting speculation in the press that at least some of the mourners counterfired their own weapons brought to the funeral.
According to the El Sol de Zacatecas story, armed suspects arrived at the scene aboard three SUVs, dismounted and commenced firing, presumably prompting some mourners to return fire.
The funeral was for an individual identified as Ricardo Valdez Tacubaya whose body was found in a vehicle Saturday. Valdez Tacubaya resided in Ejido San Pedro.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com
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