Mexicans on their way to weekend Independence Day celebrations were shaken by blatant gunshots of men dressed as mariachi musicians who killed five people and wounded eight at Garibaldi Plaza, an iconic square in the capital where bands sing serenades to tourists.
The Mexico City prosecutor's office said at least one of the foreigners was among the wounded in Friday night's attack, which according to local media was carried out by three armed men.
Four people died initially and one fifth died of his injuries in a hospital on Saturday afternoon, authorities said.
A crime scene worker covers one of the bodies of the victims of a shooting at Plaza Garibaldi, in Mexico City on Friday
The Mexico City prosecutor's office said at least one foreigner was among the wounded in Friday night's attack, which according to local media was carried out by three armed men.
The news media La Silla Rota circulated a surveillance video of alleged attackers wearing traditional embroidered jackets and trousers as they fled motorcycles.
The shots overshadowed the Independence Day festivities.
Many Mexicans will wear mariachi costumes, a symbol of national pride, on Saturday night to commemorate the launching of the revolt against Spanish rule on September 16, 1810.
It is also the busiest time of the year for Garibaldi Plaza, a beloved but sordid square that relies heavily on Mexican folklore.
Lisa Sánchez, director of Mexicanos Unidos de la Delincuencia, described the shooting as a "penetrating portrait" of Mexico.
Four people died initially and a fifth died of his injuries in a hospital on Saturday afternoon, authorities said.
The shooting in a crowded public square shows that impunity prevails in the country, he said.
Prosecutors said investigators were trying to find those responsible for the attack. Few crimes in Mexico are solved.
On Saturday night, President Enrique Peña Nieto will shout & # 39; Viva México & # 39; – or & # 39; Long live Mexico & # 39; – shortly before midnight from a balcony of the National Palace.
Thousands of people gather in the central plaza of the Zócalo in Mexico City every year to hear the shout, and the celebration usually extends to Plaza Garibaldi.
The business quickly resumed around the plaza after the shooting.
The videos that circulated on social networks showed the musicians in the plaza playing their music at the time of filming, without losing the rhythm.
In a video, a man who plays a big harp continues to sing the anthem of the Mexican Civil War & # 39; La Cucaracha & # 39 ;, while dozens of shots are heard in the background.
In another, metal instruments and melancholy voices fill the air while the flashing lights of the police vehicles descend to the square. The customers continued to lower the tequilas and got into the tacos.
At the Tenampa canteen, which advertises itself as the first to bring mariachi companies to the plaza in the 1920s, a manager said it was a business as usual on Saturday.
"We have not had any reservations canceled and we are still reserving tables," he said, asking that his name not be published for fear of reprisals from criminal groups.
Thousands of people gather in the central plaza of the Zócalo in Mexico City every year to hear the shout, and the celebration usually extends to Plaza Garibaldi. The square plaza is seen in the image above on Saturday
Crimes and scams have plagued Garibaldi Plaza for years.
Malcolm X's grandson, Malcolm Shabazz, was found beaten to death outside a bar in 2013 after a dispute over a bill.
A Mexican security expert, Alejandro Hope, said Friday's shooting appeared to be a blow by an organized crime group.
Garibaldi Plaza borders the sandy neighborhood of Tepito, home to the Unión Tepito gang that has been extorting businesses throughout the capital.
The alleged head of Union Tepito, a man known as 'El Betito', was arrested in August.
That arrest may have triggered a battle for leadership and territory.
It is believed that a rival gang called Anti-Union Force round by Garibaldi.
Hope said the fencers headed to a specific restaurant in the square in what could have been a jolt to get protection money or a blow to their rivals.
"It was not random," he said.