Saturday, January 16, 2021
Cartel member among victims
Five people shot dead in Mexico City
Five people were killed in an armed attack in Mexico City. This came out of a communication from the Security Secretariat of the Mexican capital that the Attorney General of Mexico City has opened an investigation. According to Mexican media reports, one of the victims is believed to be Roberto Erasmo “N” alias “El Robert”, a suspected member of the local cartel “Unión Tepito”.
The attack occurred in the capital district of Miguel Hidalgo, according to the security secretariat. Initial reports indicated that the police that had been called were calling for medical attention. Three of the five men who were shot died on the spot, while two others – “El Robert” and probably his cousin – died from their injuries later in hospital.
Mexico City has around nine million inhabitants. The metropolitan area is the most populous in North America with around 22 million inhabitants. Like all of Mexico, the capital suffers from high rates of violence. In the country with 130 million inhabitants, almost 100 murder victims were registered per day in 2019 – in Germany there were a total of 245 in 2019.
Much of the violence is caused by cartels and gangs that are involved in drug trafficking, kidnapping and extortion and engage in distribution struggles or take revenge. Often the gangsters have connections with local security forces. Most of the crimes in the country are never solved.