At least ten people have died and nine more have been injured in a shooting at a car exhibition in Baja California, in northern Mexico, the municipal authorities announced on Saturday.
The incident happened at an all-terrain vehicle racing demonstration in Ensenada’s San Vicente neighborhood, according to the office of the state attorney general for Baja California.
According to preliminary 911 call reports, shots were fired at the participants at a gas station at 2.18pm (21.18pm GMT) by people brandishing long rifles, according to Reuters.
According to officials, numerous organizations hurried to the scene of the shootout, including the Mexican Red Cross, the Fire Department, municipal and state police, and the Marines.
Images of the shooting that were posted on social media showed people frantically scurrying and reacting in shock as rounds were fired and could be heard echoing around the arena. On the ground, there were also some injured individuals.
According to unidentified sources cited by the director of the Agencia Fronteriza de Noticias (AFN Tijuana), the mass shooting was caused by a “fight” between the CJNG (cartel) and the Sinaloa cartel, according to the Times of San Diego.
The two-day event’s organizers, Cachanillazo, expressed their condolences to those touched by the tragedy in a separate tweet and said that “unfortunately, what happened during the tour was not in our hands.”
“We are as baffled as all of you since we have nothing to do with what happened,” the message read.
Mayor Armando Ayala Robles said that attorney general Ricardo Ivan Carpio Sanchez has appointed a special squad to look into the shooting.
It is not immediately obvious who the victims are or what country they are from.
The Mexican Red Cross has transferred the injured to medical facilities in northern Baja California, according to Fox8.