11 people killed in a horrific bar shooting in Guanajuato

11 people are dead after armed men opened fire on the patrons of a bar in Guanajuato.

11 people killed in a horrific bar shooting in Guanajuato
More than a dozen individuals were slain in a bar shooting in Irapuato, Guanajuato. Credit: Impudor Político

Mexican officials confirmed that at least 11 people were slain on Saturday in a bar in the municipality of Irapuato, in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato. In a business situated in the Colonia 12 de Diciembre in Irapuato, the second-largest city in this Mexican state, the events took place.

Six women and five men were among the 11 persons killed when armed men entered the location, which they mistakenly thought to be a bar, and opened fire. A portion of the Municipal Police, the State Public Security Forces, and the National Guard proceeded to the establishment to guard the crime scene after the occurrence.

The Mexican state of Guanajuato, which is in the center of the country, has had the highest number of intentional homicides since 2018. Nine out of ten murders, according to local Mexican authorities, are somehow related to territorial disputes among organized crime gangs.

Theft and transfer of hydrocarbons, as well as the sale of drugs, are the two main illegal activities concentrated in the state located in Mexico's Bajo region. Ten people were killed and other people were injured on September 21 in a pool hall in the town of Tarimoro, in the same central Mexican state, which shocked the nation just two weeks prior.

With 2,115 victims between January and August of this year—10.2% of the total number of victims of this crime in the entire country during the same period—Guanajuato continued to have the highest incidence in the nation despite a downward trend in intentional homicides, according to the Secretariat of Public Security and Citizen Protection of the Government of Mexico.

The incidents on Saturday are a reflection of Mexico's current wave of violence, which saw 33,308 killings in 2021, following its two bloodiest years ever under Andrés Manuel López Obrador, which saw 34,690 murder victims in 2019 and 34,554 in 2020.