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A shooting at a Mexican hotel killed nearly a dozen people and injured several others on Monday.
Telemundo 52 reported that at least 11 people died and five others were injured at the Gala hotel and bar located on Celaya in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato around 10 p.m.
A group of around 15 gunmen wearing balaclavas jumped out of two trucks and opened fire on unsuspecting hotel and bar guests and employees. As more than 50 shots rang out, the attackers also allegedly set fire to the storefronts of two nearby businesses using pipe bombs, according to the outlet.
The suspects quickly fled the scene, as guests hearing the gunshots shook in hotel rooms. Several law enforcement officers arrived at the scene to find four people, two men and two women, dead in the hotel, along with six others, five additional women and one man, dead near the bar.
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Celaya’s Citizen Security Secretary, Ignacio Rivera Peralta, also attended the scene, along with officers and investigators from the regional prosecutor’s office.
Ahead of the evening attack, authorities said they found plastic bags containing at least three dismembered bodies on Monday in the same neighborhood as the hotel shooting that would take place hours later. A cardboard box containing alleged threats from organized crime was found on top of the human remains.
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Local authorities have registered several criminal organizations in the area, including a group known as the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, which is dedicated to huachicoleo, a term used to refer to people who regularly commit thefts and illegal sales of fuel, as well as peddling. adulterated alcoholic beverages.