11 Dead, Five Injured in Mexican Hotel Shooting

A group of armed and hooded men killed 11 people and injured five others after opening fire at a hotel in the Mexican city of Celaya in central Guanajuato state on May 23.

Approximately 15 men stormed the Hotel Gala and fired more than 50 rounds at hotel guests and employees at around 10 p.m., according to local media.

The men then set fire to the hotel and nearby bars, apparently using Molotov cocktails, Aristegui Noticias reported.

A piece of cardboard positioned outside the site of the hotel had the initials of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, which is involved in a deadly feud with rival group Jalisco New Generation Cartel, according to local newspaper Reforma.

Ignacio Rivera Peralta, the Celaya Secretary of Citizen Security, was at the scene following the attack and joined officers and investigators from the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in conducting the initial investigation, El Sol de Mexico reported.

Guanajuato Government Secretary Libia Garcia condemned the attack on Twitter on May 24 and vowed “to work tirelessly to restore peace” in the state.

“We will be giving timely follow-ups and working in a close and coordinated manner with the authorities of the Municipal Government of Celaya and Attorney General of the State of Guanajuato,” Garcia said.

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