posted Mar 13, 2015, 3:04 PM by Investigative eJournalism
updated Mar 13, 2015, 3:06 PM
La Paz Baja Sur Tuesday evening around 23:00hr - bursts of gunfire from AK-47 Kalashnikov's (el cuerno de chivo) and AR-15 assault rifles in combination with 9-millimeter pistol shots!
Baja California Sur's capital continues to be a location of growing violence!
The firefight that took place between Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla and José María Morelos y Pavón streets got initiated when two men opened fire on federal security forces.
The men had been traveling in a truck on the malecón when navy officials, suspicious over the individuals’ behavior, ordered them to stop.
Instead of doing so, they opened fire on the officials and sped off. Following a pursuit and further gunfire, two men were arrested.
Three more were believed to be in the area so families were evacuated from their homes while police and military personal searched the area.
Business owners closed down their restaurants and bars and tourists fled the scene.
The perpetrators also threw two hand-grenades which failed to detonate. The grenades got at a later point of time collected by military personal and disarmed. One was discovered in front of the Hotel Perla, while the second was found near an Oxxo store.
Growing violence in Baja California Sur has recently prompted the BCS state congress to inquire with the attorney general and a senior law enforcement official on what steps are being taken to address security situation.
Although law enforcement officials have said the wave of violence is the result of a territorial dispute between drug cartels, Congressman Omar Antonio Zavala, who is also chairman of the Public Security Committee, blames it on structural problems, and the previous government.
Lack of security in the state is not a simple, passing phenomenon, he said, but the consequence of various diverse factors — economic, social, cultural, and security, and "indifference on the part of the previous government . . . ." The situation has worsened over time, making it more difficult to resolve.
CTV News, Canada's #1 private broadcaster with a wide range of quality news reported in November 2014 that the war among factions of the Sinaloa Cartel, named for the Pacific coast state where it was founded, had jumped the Gulf of California to Baja California Sur. But the cartel long battled the once-powerful Arellano Felix gang for control of drug routes on the Baja peninsula into the U.S. and is largely considered to have taken over the territory.
There are amateur live-recording / video of the shooting incident by residents here at the El Universal
website (In spanish)
This post is compiled with fragments from the Sudcaliforniano Newspaper, BCS Noticias and El Universal.
The translation may not be perfect and be used at your own discretion.