Gunmen attacked a group of amateur rally drivers in the northern Mexican city of Ensenada on Sunday, killing at least 10 and injuring nine.
The attack “left nine injured and 10 people dead,” Ensenada authorities said in a statement.
Authorities said the drivers, who were participating in a race, were parked on the side of a highway when a group of men got out of a pickup truck and opened fire. The motive for the shooting is unknown.
The prosecutor’s office in Baja California, where Ensenada is located, said a special team would be formed to investigate the incident.
The injured received medical attention and were taken to hospitals within the city of Ensenada.
Ensenada has a population of 440,000, and is located near the US border.
Baja California is facing a gun violence crisis
Baja California is one of the Mexican states with the highest number of homicides, with the government largely attributing these acts of violence to clashes between organized criminal gangs.
Official data shows that between January and April of this year, a total of 721 murders took place in the region.
During the same period, Baja California, along with five other states, accounted for almost half of the recorded 9,912 homicides in the country.
Since 2006, when the government began a controversial anti-drug campaign with support from the United States and the Mexican armed forces, Mexico has experienced widespread violence that has resulted in nearly 400,000 deaths and the disappearance of thousands. -thousands of individuals.
tg/wd (AFP, Reuters)