Holiday Party Ruined After Gunmen Kill 12

( – At least a dozen were killed and a dozen more injured early Sunday morning after a group of gunmen opened fire during a pre-Christmas event in the town of Salvatierra in the Central Mexican state of Guanajuato, CBS News reported.

The shooting took place at a ranch that is rented out for parties and events. As of Sunday morning, 12 people were reported dead while another 12 were taken to nearby hospitals suffering from injuries, according to the prosecutor’s office for the state of Guanajuato.

Another four people were reported killed in a shooting in the town of Salamanca, the state prosecutor’s office said.

According to the Tierra Negra Foundation, a group promoting social projects in the area, the victims in Salvatierra were all young people participating in posadas – a gathering celebrating the story of the Nativity.

One attendee told AFP that around six gunmen entered the ranch and started to circulate among the approximately 100 young people in attendance. When the group realized the men were not part of the event and asked what they were doing there, the men opened fire.

Carlos Silva, a member of Tierra Negra, said on social media that all of the attendees were “very good people” and expressed horror over what was happening in the area.

Salvatierra Mayor German Cervantes condemned the shooting in a post on Facebook and said his office was cooperating with the state prosecutor.

Guanajuato Governor Diego Sinhue Rodríguez vowed that police would find those responsible for the murders and expressed his condolences to the families of those lost.

Guanajuato is one of Mexico’s most violent states, in large part due to activity from criminal cartels, including two feuding drug cartels.

In 2020, law enforcement in Salvateirra discovered unmarked graves with at least fifty-nine bodies.

Earlier in December, the bodies of five college students were discovered in a vehicle on a dirt road in Guanajuato.

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