Gunmen Kill at Least 14 People in Drive-by Shootings in Violent Mexican Border City

Law enforcement officials say gunmen aboard a number of vehicles have staged attacks in several neighborhoods in the Mexican border city of Reynosa. (Associated Press)

At least 14 “innocent” victims were killed in drive-by shootings over the weekend in a Mexican border town that is a hotspot for drugs and illegal border crossings into the US, authorities said Monday.

Military and security forces swept the streets of Reynosa after the seemingly random shootings on Saturday and killed four suspects.

The individuals, “who were aboard several vehicles,” may have fired on “innocent citizens” as part of a dispute between rival cartels, Tamaulipas state officials said.

Reynosa, a city of 600,000 people, is a hotspot for cartel violence. Illegal border crossings in the region jumped 400 percent in the last year, according to the US Border Patrol.

Olga Ruiz, whose 19-year-old brother Fernando Ruiz was killed by the gunmen, said he worked as plumber and bricklayer for his stepfather to pay for school, and was fixing an outdoor drain when he was attacked.

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SOURCE: New York Post, David Meyer

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