Three shot dead in Mexico City tourist hotspot, gunmen flee

Frederick Owens
September 18, 2018

A foreign man was among nine people who were injured in the incident at the Plaza Garibaldi in the capital's historic downtown, the city prosecutor's office said in a statement, without disclosing identities of any of the victims.

A mariachi musician reads a newspaper near a crime scene hours after unknown assailants attacked people with rifles and pistols at an intersection on the edge of the tourist Plaza Garibaldi in Mexico City, Mexico September 15, 2018. It's unclear whether the shooting was motivated by gang violence, but the Times notes that a district infested with drugs and gangs lies about a mile away.

Mexico City has a much lower murder rate than other violence-plagued regions in Mexico where drug cartels battle for control, but the number of murders has surged in the capital since 2014. No arrests have been made.

Surveillance video showed the three men, wearing traditional embroidered jackets and trousers, fleeing on motorcycles.

Business quickly resumed around the square following the shooting.

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On Saturday night, President Enrique Pena Nieto is set to shout "Viva Mexico" - or "Long Live Mexico" - shortly before midnight from a balcony of the National Palace.

The roots of mariachi music in Mexico City can be traced to a bar that dominates one side of the plaza.

Video footage also shows dozens of police officers at the square in the aftermath of the shooting. Patrons continued to down tequilas and tuck into tacos.

"We haven't had any reservations cancelled and we continue to book tables", he said, asking that his name not be published for fear of retaliation by criminal groups.

Plaza Garibaldi is located near the notorious Tepito neighbourhood, where a local gang that distributes drugs in the sprawling capital of 21 million is based. Malcolm X's grandson Malcolm Shabazz was found beaten to death outside a bar there in 2013 after a dispute over a bill.

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