Ten people have been killed by armed drug cartels in a Mexican billiard room.
The Santa Rosa de Lima cartel has reportedly claimed responsibility for the violent scene at the bar in the municipality of Tarimoro, Guanajuato state. infobae reported.
The attackers attacked the El Jarras billiard room, an establishment in the center of the city that hosted local festivities. Nine people died on the spot and one victim succumbed to his injuries after being transported to a hospital.
Shortly thereafter, horrifying images of the Wednesday night attack began circulating online. In a harrowing video reportedly recorded by the attackers, shots can be heard as an injured man lies on the ground.
The cartel left orange and green cards scattered around the stage claiming the attack.
One of the signs read: “This happened to me for supporting ‘Zermeño’ and will continue to happen to everyone who supports him. [They] will bear the consequences.”
The reference was probably made to Jalisco Nueva Generación cartel member Santiago Quiroz Zermeño, known as “El chago”, who is currently in police custody. The criminal organization has been arguing with the Santa Rosa de Lima cartel over drug sales since 2017.
The other map stated that Tarimoro and the neighboring municipalities of Moncada, Jerez, Jerécuaro and Apaseo el Alto “belonged” to the Santa Rosa de Lima cartel to commercialize illegal substances. infobae reports that the Jalisco Nueva Generación cartel had started using the pool hall as a drug house to sell crystal meth.
Last week, the Santa Rosa de Lima warned the Jalisco Nueva Generación of an attack on a video showing a human head in the truck of a car.
The tension between the two criminal groups has left a trail of blood and violence in recent years. Just on Saturday, the headless bodies of two people believed to have been kidnapped by the Santa Rosa de Lima cartel were found in a town 30 miles away from Tarimoro.