Officials in north-central Mexico say 11 people were shot dead in simultaneous attacks on two bars
MEXICO CITY — Eleven people, including eight women, were killed in simultaneous shootings at two bars in north-central Mexico, authorities said Tuesday.
Handwritten signs left at the scene of the murders suggest the attacks were part of a rivalry between two drug cartels that have been battling for control of the state of Guanajuato for several years.
Police in the town of Celaya said the attacks took place on Monday night at two bars on the same street. They said 10 of the victims died at the scene and another was pronounced dead later at a hospital.
Police confirmed messages were left at the scene, but did not confirm what they said. But photos posted on social media suggested the killers belonged to the Santa Rosa de Lima gang. The posts appeared to accuse the bar owners of supporting the rival Jalisco cartel.
Photos showed women – it was unclear whether they were bar staff or customers – huddled in pools of blood between tables. Part of a bar also appears to have been partially burned.