Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Shootout at famed Mexico City mariachi plaza leaves five dead

Shootout at famed Mexico City mariachi plaza leaves five dead

Police are questioning two people after a group of men in mariachi outfits opened fire at a Mexico City restaurant, killing five people, an official with the city's Secretary of Public Security Office told CNN on Sunday.

Police found three people dead, and two others were taken to hospitals where they later died. Mexican authorities say four people have been killed and nine wounded in a shooting at the capital's emblematic Garibaldi Plaza, a popular spot for tourists.

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

The shooting cast a bloody pall over Independence Day festivities. Many head to the square for Independence Day celebrations on the eve of September 16. It is also the busiest time of year for Garibaldi Plaza, a beloved but seedy square that draws heavily on Mexican folklore.

Business quickly resumed around the square following the shooting.

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Still, dozens of people stayed in the area into the evening to drink and listen to live music, even as police cordoned off the shooting site, placing yellow markers where bullet casings fell. A video posted to social media showed a musician at a colorful Plaza Garibaldi eatery strumming Mexican tune "La Cucaracha" on a harp, not pausing for a moment as the multiple shots loudly ring out nearby.

"We haven't had any reservations cancelled and we continue to book tables", he said.

Officials in the Mexican capital have blamed the rise in crime on drug dealing and protection rackets, while the government claims that at least one of the city's violent gangs is connected to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel. The incoming city government that has vowed a clean-up in the capital which had previously experienced less of the drug violence that plagues the country's cartel strongholds in other regions.

In August, police arrested the presumed leader of the gang, Roberto Moyado Esparza "El Betito".

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