A six-year-old boy was among 48 people who were assassinated in a fresh wave of cartel violence in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato over the weekend.
Friday, by far, was the state’s deadliest day this year, with 22 reported assassinations.
Among the victims were nine people killed by a group of armed men aboard three vehicles at a highway service stop in city of Villagrán at 9pm. Two of the victims were female employees.
Cops found six of the dead inside a nearby restaurant. Images of the gang attack showed three others lying dead on the ground outside.
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At least 10 men opened fire on taco stand in Celaya on Saturday night, killing eight people, including a six-year-old boy (pictured wearing the blue sweatshirt)
A police officer (pictured) was among the 48 murder victims this weekend in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. The cop was gunned down Saturday morning in the municipality of Celaya shortly after he had conclude his shift. No arrests were reported
Pictured above three of the eight people who were executed at a street taco stand on Saturday. A six-year-old boy was also among the victims
On Saturday night, at least 10 armed men engaged in a 15-minute gunfight at a taco stand approximately at 9pm local time in the city of Celaya, leaving eight people dead, including a pregnant woman, her six-year-old son and her husband.
The shooting also claimed the life of an elderly person who was walking to a local bodega to purchase bread.
A unit of National Guardsmen were met with fire as they arrived at the scene before the gunmen escaped, according to Mexican news outlet
In a separate Saturday shooting, a police officer was killed by an armed group while he was riding his bicycle in Celaya moments after completing his shift.
Investigators secure the perimeter where nine people were executed by a group of armed men aboard three vehicles Friday night at highway service stop in Villagrán
Pictured is one of the eight people executed at a taco stand by at least 10 gunmen on Saturday in Celaya, Guanajuato. Authorities registered 48 murders in the state of Guanajuato between Friday and Sunday, one of the deadliest weekends this year
48 people were killed in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato over the weekend. Friday was the deadliest day with 22 assassinations, including nine at a highway rest stop eatery
Responding to a Sunday morning shooting a home in the municipality of León, cops found six people shot, including five who died. One of victims, a woman, died while being transported to a local hospital.
Police reports said the massacre took place inside a residence that served as a stash house for local drug dealers in the neighborhood of San José de Cementos.
Investigators also confiscated an unspecified amount of marijuana and an AK-47.
Local media outlets reported that the incident was the result of a turf war between two groups.
No arrests have been attributed to any of the weekend killings.
Security forces, however, did apprehend 29 suspects tied to Mexico’s most powerful criminal organization, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, and its main rival, the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, during a series of operations last week.
Warring cartels have played a role in the 301 murders reported during the first 26 days of 2020.
Government data showed a record 3,540 people were murdered in Guanajuato in 2019, making it the deadliest state in the country.
Cops responding to a Sunday morning shooting a home in the municipality of León found six people shot, including five who died