Hotel massacre in Mexico
A shooting at a Mexican hotel killed nearly a dozen people and wounded several more on Monday.
Telemundo 52 reported that at least 11 people were killed, and five others were injured at the Gala Hotel and Bar located in Celaya in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato around 10 p.m.
Mexico Hotel Massacre as 11 People Shot to Death in Celaya
The massacre took place in Celaya, Guanajuato, and the attack began around 10 pm on Monday.
Eyewitnesses said that heavily armed masked men opened fire indiscriminately inside the building and threw Molotov cocktails to start the fire.
The motive behind the attacks remains unclear, but some reports have pointed to the responsibility of local crime lords.
Mexican television station Telemundo 20 reported a horrific incident near the scene of the attack earlier that day.
On Monday morning, plastic bags containing human remains were found with a cardboard banner bearing threats from organized crime leaders.
The nature of the threats and the name of the gang were not disclosed.
The attack took place in the Lindavista neighborhood of the Gala Hotel, which houses two unnamed adjacent bars, according to El Sol de Hidalgo.
The newspaper stated that sources close to the investigation confirmed that there were at least 11 deaths.
Residents reported hearing a barrage of gunfire, which led to numerous calls to the police.
The newspaper added that some terrified residents living near the site of the attack tried to flee their homes.
Telemundo 20 reported that about 15 heavily armed, masked men arrived at the scene in two pickup trucks.
They fired more than 50 bullets in the three places before they threw homemade petrol bombs to set the place on fire.
Before the evening attack, authorities said they had found plastic bags with at least three dismembered bodies on Monday in the same neighborhood as the hotel shooting hours later.
A cardboard box with alleged threats of organized crime was found on top of human remains.
The station said that of the 11 killed, four died in the hotel – two men and two women – while six others died in the bar areas – five women and a man.
Another woman receiving treatment for her injuries later died in hospital.