Gunmen storm hardware store with grenades and kill four workers in fiery attack blamed on warring Mexican drug cartels
- An armed gang launched a grenade attack against a hardware store and killed four employees in Guanajuato, Mexico, on Tuesday
- The shop, located in the municipality of Celaya, was also burned down by the assailants before they fled the scene
- The Celaya Public Security Ministry said at least five suspected cartel members were involved in the attack; no arrests had been reported as of Wednesday
- Celaya has been engulfed by a nearly three-year turf war as the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel has been defending itself from the Jalisco New Generation Cartel
At least four workers were attacked with gunfire and grenades before their hardware shop was burned down in the latest violent incident between rival drug cartels in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato.
The Celaya Public Security Ministry said a gang of five men with cartel connections arrived on a truck and a motorcycle and opened fire before tossing grenades inside the store at 4pm local time Tuesday.
The assailants then set the business on fire before fleeing from the scene.
The police did not identify any of the four victims pending notification of the family members.
Members of Mexico’s National Guard secure the scene of Tuesday afternoon’s attack at a hardware store in Celaya, a municipality in the central state of Guanajuato, where four workers were shot and set on fire by five alleged members of a cartel
Pictured above are three of the four workers whose bodies were burned after cartel assassins opened fire at a hardware store and torched the shop Tuesday in Guanajuato, Mexico
A photograph leaked on social media showed at least three of the victims’ charred bodies after the local fire department was able to control the blaze.
The attackers also left a message attached to a banner, according to Mexican news magazine Proceso. However, the contents of the message were not made public.
No arrests had been made as of Wednesday.
The municipality of Celaya and other cities in the state have been rocked by a nearly three-year turf war between the local Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, one of the three most powerful criminal syndicates in the country.
Pictured above is a Google Street image of the hardware shop where four employees were gunned down before their bodies were burned after the assailants, alleged members of a cartel, torched the store
José Alfredo ‘El Yeyo’ Sánchez, an alleged former member of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel who then switched sides to the rival Jalisco New Generation Cartel, was detained in the southern state of Veracruz on Tuesday, a couple of hours before gunmen killed four hardware store workers in the central state of Guanajuato, where the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel holds its home base
The Guanajuato State Attorney General’s Office is investigating whether the attack is linked to Tuesday afternoon’s capture of José Alfredo ‘El Yeyo’ Sánchez at a shopping center in the southeastern state of Veracruz.
The 38-year-old, who was detained by the Marines during a non-violent encounter, was a high-ranking leader in the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel.
He reportedly had a falling-out with Adán ‘El Azul’ Ochoa, who took over the reigns of the criminal organization following the August arrest of the group’s leader, Jose Antonio ‘El Marro’ Yépez, and then allegedly switch sides and joined the rival Jalisco New Generation Cartel.
El Azul was apprehended during an October 14 operation in Celaya.