Eight killed in horror nightclub shooting leaving dance floor covered with blood
A mass shooting at a busy nightclub in Mexico left the dance floor swimming with blood.
Two car-loads of heavily armed men arrived at the El Venadito bar in two vehicles, before bursting into the club and began shooting indiscriminately, according to a report from Mexico’s Security Secretariat.
Six people died in the initial blast of gunfire, with police stating two more died of their injuries soon after being taken to hospital.
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Many others were injured in the indiscriminate attack. Local media reports said that victims included club employees, musicians and customers. Five more victims remain in hospital.
An official local government statement read: "The Jerez municipal authorities are deeply saddened by the painful events that took place in the last hours, and mayor José Humberto Salazar Contreras, expresses his solidarity with the families who have lost their relatives”.
It added that the Public Prosecution office has begun an investigation into the incident to determine the reason behind the shooting.
The scene of the attack in the centre of Jerez, just under 40 miles south west of state capital Zacatecas.
Jerez has seen a wave of gang-related violence in the last few years, with hundreds of families moving out of the area.
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Zacatecas is a key strategic distribution centre for the US-bound drug trade, and the Jalisco New Generation and Sinaloa drug cartels have been struggling for supremacy in the area.
The Sinaloa cartel has tried to win over the population of the area , releasing a chilling video of its members holding three prisoners captive at gunpoint – while apologising for the “collateral damage” caused to civilians and promising not to terrorise or threaten townsfolk.
In a statement translated by Borderlandbeat, the spokesman says: “Good afternoon townspeople of Zacatecas. We are the Cartel de Sinaloa Operativo MZ.
“Our mission is to exterminate all those who hurt citizens. Don’t pay attention to these scumbags who only load videos online to extort the townspeople. We lament the acts that have occurred these last few days where these scumbags killed several innocent students.
“Justice will be served for this matter. We don’t attack the government or the citizenry. Nor will we make an agreement with an organisation from any of the cartels".
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The gangsters added: “We apologise to the citizens for the collateral damage that has happened in the towns of Jerez and Valparaíso. Don’t pay attention to any sort of extortion. We’re all here to support everyone.
“As proof of this the lives of innocent civilians are respected in the municipalities where we govern. Our commitment is to the townspeople, proof of this are these individuals here before you.
“This will be our last video released because our job isn’t to threaten or terrorise the citizenry through the use of films.
“We only dedicate our lives to work in order to have a better Zacatecas. The townspeople are to be looked after, and not to [be stolen] from. Sincerely, Operativo MZ.”
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