Gunmen Kill at Least 19 at Mexican Cockfight Party

Gunmen killed 19 people in an attack on a cockfighting venue in Michoacán, Western Mexico on Sunday night.

Authorities were called to the scene at around 10:30 PM following reports of an attack on a venue known for hosting illegal cockfight betting.

“19 lifeless bodies were found (16 men and three women), who had gunshot wounds. Several others were injured and had been sent to hospital,” the State Attorney General’s Office said.

Witnesses said the gunmen opened fire indiscriminately before fleeing in various cars.

In a video tweet from Red Michoacan, the gunmen shot dozens of bullets in the venue.

However, the Mexican authorities did not immediately release a motive for the attack.

In recent months, gunmen in various regions of Mexico have targeted funerals, wakes, bars, and clubs to take out as many of their rivals at one time as they can.

Mexico has seen more than 340,000 homicides in the last 16 years, with many blamed on fighting between criminal gangs and drug cartels.

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