They Came as Mariachis, Then Started Shooting

5 dead in Mexico City as gunmen open fire on entertainment district
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2018 7:41 AM CDT
'Mariachis' Gun Down 5 in Mexico City
A crime scene worker covers up one of the bodies of victims of a shooting in Garibaldi Plaza, in Mexico City, Friday Sept. 14, 2018. Mexican authorities say five people have been killed and nine wounded in a shooting at the capital’s emblematic Garibaldi Plaza, a popular spot for tourists.   (AP Photo/Stringer)

(Newser) – In a meeting of one of Mexico's most beloved traditions and one of its most pervasive epidemics, gunmen dressed as mariachis shot up a thriving entertainment district of Mexico City on Friday night, killing five and injuring at least eight. In what the Los Angeles Times calls an "audacious and apparently well-planned hit," five men arrived on motorcycles at the Plaza Garibaldi and opened fire as several mariachi bands played on the eve of the country's independence celebrations, then sped off as they arrived. It's unclear whether the shooting was motivated by gang violence, but the Times notes that a district infested with drugs and gangs lies about a mile away. CNN notes that Mexico City's mariachi scene traces its roots to a bar in Plaza Garibaldi. No arrests have been made. (Read more Mexico City stories.)

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