Armed Group Open Fire on House Party, Kill Seven

Gunmen on two motorcycles broke into a house party in Mexico over the weekend, robbing those in the building before returning a few minutes later to open fire, killing six men and one woman, north-central Mexico authorities said.

The incident occurred in Ojuelos, in the western Mexican state of Jalisco on Saturday night, state prosecutors said.

There were at least four armed men who carried out the attack, Explica reported. Following the attack, the National Guard and the Municipal Police arrived at the scene to secure the area.

No one has been arrested so far in connection with the attack and dozens of nine-millimetre shells were found at the scene of the crime.

The attack occurred close to the border of Zacatecas state, where drug gangs have been fighting for territory. Jalisco has long been the home of one of the country's most notorious cartels — the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, or CJNG.

A shooting also occurred another party over the weekend in the neighbouring state of Michoacán, injuring several people, including children. State police confirmed that three assailants opened fire at partygoers in the city of Uruapan. Authorities in most states of Mexico have discouraged people holding parties amid the coronavirus pandemic, but these rules have not strictly been enforced.

Jalisco has seen several attacks in recent weeks and since Friday, 34 people were killed in different municipalities in the state, Explica reported. Many of the deaths were linked to organized crime groups.

On January 11, nine suspected cartel members were killed and a state police officer was shot dead in the north-central state of Guanajuato during a series of gun battles between security forces and two cartels, including the CJNG.

Authorities said the shootouts started before dawn near the hamlet of Santa Rosa de Lima, where a cartel of the same name is based — who are rivals of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel. As reinforcements arrived, they also came under seige and returned fire. Officials reported seizing 10 assault rifles, 14 grenades and 30 gasoline bombs from various vehicles.

On Monday, authorities have seized nearly 200 pounds of drugs valued at more than $1.6 million following three separate searches at the Laredo Port of Entry in Texas. The drugs were believed to belong to the CJNG.

The Jalisco New Generation Cartel competes with the Sinaloa Cartel to control the lion's share of Mexico's lucrative drug trade. The DEA is offering a $10 million reward for the capture of the cartel's leader Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, also known as El Mencho.

In June last year, El Mencho's cartel was blamed for an unsuccessful assassination attempt on Mexico City's police chief Omar Garcia Harfuch.

Police tape in Mexico
A stock image of police tape in Mexico. Gunmen on two motorcycles burst into a party in Mexico over the weekend, killing six men and one woman. Leonardo Alvarez Hernandez/Getty