Saturday, July 9, 2011

Gunmen Massacre 20 Patrons At El Sabino Gordo Bar In Monterrey

Photo: El Universal

More than 13 gunmen entered bar and just fatally shot at patrons.

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 9, 2011

Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico - On Saturday, Mexico's Secretary of National Defense (Sedena) reported that military personnel reponded to a call that gunmen entered a downtown bar and opened fire at patrons. Military police, State Crime Investigators and the Nuevo Leon Attorney General's Office agents in a joint investigation confirmed the deadly shooting left 20 people dead at the scene.
Preliminary reports say, about 13 gunmen arrived in two vans and a vehicle at El Sabino Gordo Bar located at Villagrán and Carlos Salazar Streets with assaults rifles and machine guns and then opened fire at the patrons inside at about 10:00 p.m. on Friday. At least 16 men were killed inside the bar, including 3 waitresses and 8 workers wearing vests with the bar's name.
Four other people, including a food vendor were found shot outside the place. Four victims later died at the hospital, according to Sedena.
Police sources indicate, the bar is known to be frequent by Zeta members and they believe that the attackers were members of the Gulf Cartel. One person by the name of Alonso, aka, "El Botella" is being sought by police in connection with distributing drugs. El Botella is known to have been selling drugs at the bar. Police found multiple small empty packages with cocaine residue. The bar is suspected of being used as a distribution center by El Botella, according to authorities.
Authorities have yet to confirm, if the massacre at El Sabino Gordo is connected to members of the Gulf Cartel.
State authorities recovered multiple AR-15 and AK-47 castings at the scene.
A local Television news station from Televisa reported that eight people were taken by the gunmen. But, federal authorities haven't confirmed, if people were kidnapped. Authorities continue their investigation into the deadly massacre.

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