A body lies covered on a sidewalk after yesterday's killings in Baja California Sur A body lies covered on a sidewalk after yesterday's killings in Baja California Sur. el mundo digital

9 killed yesterday in drug gang shootings

Deaths followed gunfire in Los Cabos, La Paz and Comondú

A travel warning Tuesday didn’t make a great start for the week in Baja California Sur but it ended far worse with a round of gangland killings in three municipalities in a period of less than two hours.

ADVERTISEMENT

At the end of the day yesterday there were nine dead and three wounded in Los Cabos, Comondú and La Paz and all were related to organized crime, according to reports.

The first victim was a woman who was found dead at 5:20 in the afternoon in Vista Hermosa, San José del Cabo, which was followed by the discovery of the body of a young man inside a vehicle in Santa Rosa in the same municipality.

Both died in gunfire, which left at least two others seriously wounded.

At roughly the same time two men were found dead after gunfire in the Centro neighborhood of Ciudad Constitución, Comondú.

Moments later the violence moved to La Paz where a 32-year-old man died in Las Garzas. A youth who was wounded in the confrontation died later in hospital.

Ten minutes later there was more gunfire, this time in the Ayuntamiento neighborhood, where two men were killed, one of whom was employed by the state Security Secretariat.

ADVERTISEMENT

Another similar incident took place just after 7:00pm in Arcoíris III where police found the body of a guard who worked at the prison in the city.

The state Attorney General told a press conference this morning that all the killings showed signs of being connected with the dispute between drug gangs for control of the plaza. Erasmo Palemón Alamilla Villeda also said just two of the dead had criminal records, which indicated that many of the victims were caught in the crossfire and had nothing to do with trafficking drugs.

He said one of those victims was a seven-year-old child.

Also during the week, a former assistant state prosecutor was gunned down and killed Wednesday morning in La Paz and three men were assassinated during a gun battle in Los Cabos.

The ex-prosecutor, Carlos Palos Arocha, had been acting as defense attorney for Abraham Cervantes Esquera, believed to be a leader of the Tijuana Nueva Generación Cartel, who was arrested in Los Cabos in June.

On Tuesday, the United States issued a revised travel warning for Mexico, advising caution when visiting Baja California Sur and singling out both Los Cabos and La Paz.

Source: El Sudcaliforniano (sp), BCS Noticias (sp), El Universal (sp), El Mundo Digital (sp)

Stories from our archives that you might enjoy

  • Mike S

    I have a plan…let’s trade Texas for Baja and end the violence in Cabo.

    This weekend there will be 120+ expected homicides in the US. None will make the national news. A sad statement on the human condition. Maybe its time for some strict gun controls…might cut the carnage in half.

    • Sharl

      Gun controls in the US!! OMG! Panic stricken people will run out & load up on their weapons like when Obama merely suggested gun control! Peoples second Ammendment “rights” are much more important than lives saved. Wasn’t the second Ammend. Written when they pretty much used muskats, swords & knives, unlike the AK 47’s of today?
      Totally agree with you Mike S. We’re no longer a “civilized” society in the USA and now that we have a full blown nut job in the WH, even less civilized.

      • Rick Drake

        There is nothing in the 2nd Amend. that mentions ammo.

        • Sharl

          What I was referring to was the type of weaponry that was being used at the time the Second Ammend. Was written

      • Mike S

        And 90% of all guns in Mx originate in the US. Gun running to MX has been very lucrative the last 10 years. The Second Amendment has been totally exploited by gun manufacturers and their political lobby the NRA. Certainly people have the right to protect their homes, businesses, and family- but what’s been going on in the US is totally out-of-control with 80,000 gun homicides and maimings a year. More people have now been killed in gun homicides than all our wars combined. 300 million guns floating around the civilian population…how much is enough?

        • Sharl

          In agreement 100% Mike. The US is totally out of control, not only with guns, but in many other aspects as well. Mexico is more”civilized” in many respects than the US. Although, driving here leaves a lot to be desired!!

          • Garry Montgomery

            Mexican drivers are more skilled and more courteous than the majority of Yankees.

          • Sharl

            Courteous yes….skilled? Not so much, it’s a free for all here!!

          • Garry Montgomery

            skilled, yes.

    • Mark Vaughan

      after driving to LaPaz last year friends ask isn’t it dangerous ? I tell them yes it is we have to drive through Los Angeles on the way down

    • Garry Montgomery

      gun controls, second amendment . . . where do we start what?

      • Sharl

        Exactly…where to start? It’d be like putting the toothpaste back in the tube.

        • Garry Montgomery

          If all illegal, unlicensed guns were confiscated, that would be a start, but practically, impossible.

          • Mike S

            How about mandatory background checks, closing the “gun show” loophole”, stop handing out “conceal carry” permits like library cards, eliminating military assault type weapons, limiting clip capacity, jail time for getting caught with a stolen gun, and requiring insurance policies just like we do for cars. And make some serious consequences for violating these laws.

          • Garry Montgomery

            I thought they were all in place one way or another. But keep the government out of things like Fast and Furious and other illegal government activities. And all of those concepts are “government control” which leads to . . . more government control in other things.

          • Mike S

            “Government control” is a pretty loose term. An advanced, heavily populated, democratic society needs lots of government control. Some things like air pollution, water pollution, Wall St & Big Banks, traffic, driving laws & licensing, borders, courts, police, real estate zoning, property lines, food, ballot integrity, food safety, building codes, prescription drugs, medical licensing, courts, AND GUNS…need lots of government control in a first-world, industrial, civilized, just, society. 80% of Americans want background checks but spineless politicians cower in front of the NRA gun lobby.

          • Garry Montgomery

            I don’t believe the Constitution intended all of that. There’s too much Federal control over things the States should have control over yet the Feds just move on in . . . and the “we the people” don’t even blink.

          • Mike S

            Elected Congress (and the president) and the courts decide all that. The Constitution was a revolutionary document in its day. It has had to be amended over 20 times. Now the conservatives have changed it into “scripture” and the Founding Fathers prophets. It must change with the times, but I doubt it will ever be amended again. That would be like changing the bible. The Second Amendment is not only unclear in meaning, weapons have changed so much that it needs to be constantly re-interpreted. There were no machine guns, bazookas, grenades, assault rifles, or Glocks back then and our 2 million rural population is now 320 million mostly in cities.

          • Garry Montgomery

            so, rewrite the constitution based on “whose” ideas? or devolve into anarchy? If the country is running on a biblical tome that’s so far out of date that only the original ideals apply, the country is headed for a big crash and clash followed by heavy emigration.

          • Mike S

            The Constitution was based on ideas from the European Enlightenment and rejected Divine Rights and royalty. Originally, “We the People….” consisted of only 10% of the population; native Americans, indentured servants, slaves, women, and most people not owning property were left out. In my opinion it needs some amendments:

            1. Get rid of electoral college and elect presidents by the popular vote.
            2. Supreme Court justices and other federal judges should serve 15 year terms…not life terms.
            3. There needs to be an amendment that prevents congressional gerrymandering
            4. Only US citizens should be allowed to make campaign contributions- not corporations.
            5 Organized religions that collect and make money should not be tax free.
            6. States should be divided into 3 groups by population. The highest third should have 3 senators; the middle third 2 senators; the lower third one senator.

            There will be no more Constitutional amendments in my opinion now that conservatives have deified the document.

          • Garry Montgomery

            I have to disagree about the electoral college. That’s the only way the three cities, NY, LA and Chicago can be prevented from controlling the country. The electoral college gives balance to the under-populated areas. Otherwise, those three cities will send their choice to the WH. Points 2 to 5 I agree with wholeheartedly! #6 sounds like gerrymandering and it’s too nebulous.

          • Mike S

            The president represents ALL Americans and someone living in a city is affected just as much as a rural person and all votes should count equally for the presidency. The way the system works now, the Senate is totally undemocratic. California or Texas (40 million population and 27 million population respectively) are getting the same representation as Wyoming with half a million. That is just asking for outside money (Koch brothers) to come in and buy those senators. I thought that the 3-2-1 system could bring in some better balance. The electoral college was originally put in place to protect slavery and when the state populations differences weren’t so extreme. California is now the 6th biggest economy in the world…ahead of France. For every dollar Callfornians sent to Washington, we get 87 cents back. It’s just the opposite for a lot of “welfare” red states.

          • Samuel

            Mike S is an oblivious liberal to what Americans cherish and strive towards. His reasoning and ideals was the catalyst of Trump being elected. Wake up! The constitution does not need to be “modernized” to fit your ideas, it needs to be adhered to now more than ever.

          • Garry Montgomery

            But because the President is elected to represent ALL citizens the Electoral College is the only safeguard. If a POTUS gets the people’s vote and the College then s/he has a mandate. If only the College, then at least all citizens are represented. It can take 3 or 4 States to out vote LA so no electoral college would make the vote unfair.
            Congress is a mess and your #6 could work with a lot of forethought.

          • Mike S

            I guess you feel that some citizens deserve more voting clout than others. The Orange Warthog and Bush the moron are two recent examples on why we need to get rid of electoral college. The presidency should represent ALL American citizens equally. I’d like to see the US go to a parliamentary system with numerous parties and coalitions needed but that will never happen.

          • PqP

            @ Mike S…..please go back and re-read the constitution……The electoral college is part of the larger “checks and balances” system that is what is needed in a democratic free society…

          • Mike S

            On the contrary, it has nothing to do with checks and balances; it was put in to appease slave states and get them to sign up for a “union”. The electoral college gave slave owning states more protection for their practices along with counting slaves as three-fifths a person for purposes of Congressional representation. A country of 2 million with 90% rural citizens (500,000 slaves) without huge population centers was very different than a country of 320 million with 90% living in cities and no slaves today.

          • Garry Montgomery

            There are only wage slaves now and most of them don’t vote anyway.

          • Garry Montgomery

            And that’s why the Electoral College is more important today than ever. When the majority lived in the country the vote was more fairly and evenly spread but with industrialization and the move to the cities (LA< NY< Chicago) the College is the protector of the rural states.

          • PqP

            @Mike S…..Wrong again Mike….I am assuming that you are one of poorly educated group that believes that the Civil War was all about slavery..I am I correct??….Please read a book…”Prelude to the Civil War: The Nullification Crisis in South Carolina” by William Freling.Then get back to me…The checks and balance system of government is greatly needed to avoid “mob rule”….By the way, my research says that only 6% of all southerners even owned slaves….The first slave owner in America was a Northern Black…..

          • Mike S

            The civil war was all about slavery. So called “states rights” were all about southern states being able to keep slavery. Slavery was pure evil. Those who deny that today are deniers and racists. All the statues representing Confederate so called “heroes” should be removed and placed in museums. Those people now have a new leader….Donald Trump. The South is NOT going to rise again no matter how much faith they put in a racist conman like Trump.

            On March 21, 1861, Confederate Vice-President Alexander Stephans, of Georgia, gave an extemporaneous speech at the Athenium in Savannah. No “official” version of the speech exists, but it was transcribed by several newspaper reporters and printed in several newspapers. Because of the length of the speech, we give first an extract, the so-called “cornerstone” section of the speech, followed by a link to the entire document.
            I am indebted to Justin Sanders and Ed Frank for sending me photocopies of the speech from the Encyclopedia of the Confederacy, and to Joe Hartley for scanning it in.

            Cornerstone Speech

            Savannah; Georgia, March 21, 1861

            But not to be tedious in enumerating the numerous changes for the better, allow me to allude to one other — though last, not least. The new constitution has put at rest, forever, all the agitating questions relating to our peculiar institution — African slavery as it exists amongst us — the proper status of the negro in our form of civilization. This was the immediate cause of the late rupture and present revolution. Jefferson in his forecast, had anticipated this, as the “rock upon which the old Union would split.” He was right. What was conjecture with him, is now a realized fact. But whether he fully comprehended the great truth upon which that rock stood and stands, may be doubted. The prevailing ideas entertained by him and most of the leading statesmen at the time of the formation of the old constitution, were that the enslavement of the African was in violation of the laws of nature; that it was wrong in principle, socially, morally, and politically. It was an evil they knew not well how to deal with, but the general opinion of the men of that day was that, somehow or other in the order of Providence, the institution would be evanescent and pass away. This idea, though not incorporated in the constitution, was the prevailing idea at that time. The constitution, it is true, secured every essential guarantee to the institution while it should last, and hence no argument can be justly urged against the constitutional guarantees thus secured, because of the common sentiment of the day. Those ideas, however, were fundamentally wrong. They rested upon the assumption of the equality of races. This was an error. It was a sandy foundation, and the government built upon it fell when the “storm came and the wind blew.”

            Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner- stone rests upon the great truth, that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery — subordination to the superior race — is his natural and normal condition. [Applause.] This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth. This truth has been slow in the process of its development, like all other truths in the various departments of science. It has been so even amongst us. Many who hear me, perhaps, can recollect well, that this truth was not generally admitted, even within their day. The errors of the past generation still clung to many as late as twenty years ago. Those at the North, who still cling to these errors, with a zeal above knowledge, we justly denominate fanatics. All fanaticism springs from an aberration of the mind-from a defect in reasoning. It is a species of insanity. One of the most striking characteristics of insanity, in many instances, is forming correct conclusions from fancied or erroneous premises; so with the anti-slavery fanatics; their conclusions are right if their premises were. They assume that the negro is equal, and hence conclude that he is entitled to equal privileges and rights with the white man. If their premises were correct, their conclusions would be logical and just-but their premise being wrong, their whole argument fails. I recollect once of having heard a gentleman from one of the northern States, of great power and ability, announce in the House of Representatives, with imposing effect, that we of the South would be compelled, ultimately, to yield upon this subject of slavery, that it was as impossible to war successfully against a principle in politics, as it was in physics or mechanics. That the principle would ultimately prevail. That we, in maintaining slavery as it exists with us, were warring against a principle, a principle founded in nature, the principle of the equality of men. The reply I made to him was, that upon his own grounds, we should, ultimately, succeed, and that he and his associates, in this crusade against our institutions, would ultimately fail. The truth announced, that it was as impossible to war successfully against a principle in politics as it was in physics and mechanics, I admitted; but told him that it was he, and those acting with him, who were warring against a principle. They were attempting to make things equal which the Creator had made unequal.

            In the conflict thus far, success has been on our side, complete throughout the length and breadth of the Confederate States. It is upon this, as I have stated, our social fabric is firmly planted; and I cannot permit myself to doubt the ultimate success of a full recognition of this principle throughout the civilized and enlightened world.

            As I have stated, the truth of this principle may be slow in development, as all truths are and ever have been, in the various branches of science. It was so with the principles announced by Galileo-it was so with Adam Smith and his principles of political economy. It was so with Harvey, and his theory of the circulation of the blood. It is stated that not a single one of the medical profession, living at the time of the announcement of the truths made by him, admitted them. Now, they are universally acknowledged. May we not, therefore, look with confidence to the ultimate universal acknowledgment of the truths upon which our system rests? It is the first government ever instituted upon the principles in strict conformity to nature, and the ordination of Providence, in furnishing the materials of human society. Many governments have been founded upon the principle of the subordination and serfdom of certain classes of the same race; such were and are in violation of the laws of nature. Our system commits no such violation of nature’s laws. With us, all of the white race, however high or low, rich or poor, are equal in the eye of the law. Not so with the negro. Subordination is his place. He, by nature, or by the curse against Canaan, is fitted for that condition which he occupies in our system. The architect, in the construction of buildings, lays the foundation with the proper material-the granite; then comes the brick or the marble. The substratum of our society is made of the material fitted by nature for it, and by experience we know that it is best, not only for the superior, but for the inferior race, that it should be so. It is, indeed, in conformity with the ordinance of the Creator. It is not for us to inquire into the wisdom of his ordinances, or to question them. For his own purposes, he has made one race to differ from another, as he has made “one star to differ from another star in glory.”

          • Mike S

            It does not mater if only 6% of wealthy southerners could afford slaves or if some black man owned slaves.The point is that slavery was condoned and accepted by southern society. Slavery was abolished in Mexico in 1829 and in the British Empire in 1833. The handwriting was on the wall. The wealth and privilege of the “plantation” economy of the south was being threatened and they were determined to sustain this evil white privilege at any cost. You can make all kinds of cherry picked technical arguments about the causes of the Civil War, but the big underlying elephant in the room was slavery.

          • ben

            slavery is alive &well in the middle east & africa. kumbaya.

          • Garry Montgomery

            No, the citizens are represented by their Rep and Senator, as equally as a 25% voting population allows for but the President is for the entire COUNTRY and LA, NY and Chicago do NOT represent the U.S.A. The electoral college is the best protection for a National representation and International voice. The Congress is the voice of the majority of the people. Those who vote for an unelected rep or President are the failure of the democratic system But because everybody has different beliefs and political views, the majority of the people win and are represented by their senators and reps but the Nation has a voice elected by the whole country as an average. The most disastrous thing to happen to the U.S. would be to do away with the College. Of course, it’d be nice for the POTUS to have the popular vote and the college, THEN there’s a mandate!

          • Garry Montgomery

            I agree that a several party, parliamentary system functions more fairly for a democracy than what the U.S. has. The founding fathers were afraid of copying anything British which is why you drive on the wrong side of the road and switch your lights on when you turn them off which is actually a sound and safe practice,.

          • Dave Lloyd

            And then the U.S. would be like Mexico where only the criminals have guns!

          • Mike S

            Try Canada, Australia, Japan, Nordic countries, or most of Western Europe for a much better comparison.

  • Commander Barkfeather

    Although I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiments expressed regarding gun control, the point is moot. The US Supreme Court has ruled what the Second Amendment means today, regardless of what it may have meant at the nation’s founding. Today it means a unalienable right to possess just about any calibre, anywhere, by anyone. Justices are appointed by Presidents, and endorsed by Senators; politicians all. The next time you say to yourself there isn’t a dime’s bit of difference between Democrats and Republicans, think again.

    • Ramona Ray

      lol this is NOT the USA!!!! GUNS ARE ILLEGAL HERE! period your US supremo corte has nothing to do with us Mexicans-

  • Garry Montgomery

    “At the end of the day yesterday there were nine dead and three wounded, all were related to organized crime” followed by, “many of the victims were caught in the crossfire and had nothing to do with trafficking drugs, one of those victims was a seven-year-old child.” accurate reporting?

  • Ramona Ray

    I was in LaPaz yesterday I did not even know there were shootings until I got home to Todos Santos and went online. The soldados were at the Calafia revisa but it started to rain and the arroyos started to run and they were more worried about arroyos at that point than idiot drug dealers. And because they did not have criminal records does not mean they were not conducting criminal activity, and it is a know fact that they kill innocent familia, so si piensas vender droga po piensalo muy cuidadosamente porque son capazes de matar a tu familia tambien. Esta gente son muy vengativos,

  • Will Atkinson

    80% of the shootings are black on black in the US. While the anti-gunners complain about guns and all the homicides, they forget the countless lives saved by armed citizens in homes, businesses, open air venues.

  • Mike S

    Yes I am a proud progressive and consider FDR, Lincoln, and Eisenhower our best presidents. Trump is a bigoted conman who lost the popular vote against a very weak candidate even with lots of Russian help whether he colluded with them or not. He is a totally unqualified embarrassment and a pathological liar. His current approval rating is stuck at 35% and he will not be re-elected even if he survives 4 years without impeachment.

    • PqP

      Wrong again Mike ( going back a few posts)……Slavery did NOT start in America…it has been “condoned” as you say . by society/culture for centuries before America was even discovered…why don’t you hate them?? Remember slavery was imported to America by AFRICANS and by the British….We Americans got rid of it…in fact Mike, there has not been a slave in, oh let me see, about 150 years….You should get back to reality and stop living in the past …..One cannot move forward unless you stop living in the past…just a suggestion for living a mentally healthy life…not full of hate…..

      • Mike S

        I did not say slavery started in the US but it flourished here. It was an evil practice and more enlightened whites after the European Enlightenment recognized the evil that it was and began outlawing it. If the South had recognized that evil and agreed to eliminate it, there never would have been a Civil War. Did you read the Cornerstone speech….that sums up the southern justification for slavery exactly. Get your head out of the sand and face your denial you sick racist.

FreeCurrencyRates.com
ADVERTISEMENT