The gruesome attack occurred Sunday outside a funeral service for the mother of an alleged hitman who had worked for the Jalisco cartel, which has been fighting bloody turf battles in Michoacan against rival gangs.
In the footage, which was captured by a resident of the town of San Jose de Gracia, bursts of gunfire break out and smoke covers the scene of the carnage.
State Prosecutor Adrián López Solís said the hitman apparently died at the scene.
That is one place to find those targeted, at a relative’s funeral, that is for sure. This strategy is common among the Mexican cartels.
Mayor Jorge Luis Anguiano, whose township includes San Jose de Gracia, said that before Sunday’s attack, a large convoy of vehicles was seen entering from neighboring Jalisco state, but local police didn’t have the firepower to intervene.
“Seeing the number of presumed criminals that were there and given the rules of engagement, we had to retreat,” Anguiano said. “We do not have the firepower to handle this type of situation.”
Or choose not to have the firepower. One of the other.