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Six members of family shot dead in Mexico

Source : IANS
Last Updated: Fri, Feb 22, 2013 05:20 hrs

Monterrey (Mexico), Feb 22 (IANS/EFE) Gunmen killed six members of a family and wounded a seventh in Monterrey, the capital of the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, officials said.

A group of gunmen travelling in two vehicles entered a store around noon Wednesday and opened fire on everyone inside, a Nuevo Leon Security Council spokesman said.

The unidentified victims were three minors, ages 14, 15 and 16, two adult males, ages 19 and 25, and a 20-year-old woman.

A 19-year-old man, identified as Julio Cesar Campos Vasquez, was transported by paramedics to a hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds.

State police investigators coroned off the area around the store and gathered evidence.

The gunmen abandoned one of the vehicles used in the attack, the Nuevo Leon Security Council spokesman said, adding that the vehicle had been reported stolen recently.

The Gulf and Los Zetas drug cartels have been fighting for control of Monterrey.

At least 150 people have died in drug-related violence in the northern idustrial city this year.

After several years as the armed wing of the Gulf cartel, Los Zetas, originally a band of Mexican special forces deserters, went into the drug business on their own account and now control several lucrative territories.

--IANS/EFE

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