A chilling video shared on social media shows the bloody aftermath of a massacre by a suspected drug cartel gunman who killed at least nine people and injured three in a Mexican pool hall.
Mexican newspaper El Universal reported on Thursday that police in the town of Tarimoro rushed to Alcantarilla’s pool hall around 9 p.m. Wednesday after neighbors reported hearing gunshots.
Cops found nine customers fatally shot; three other injured were taken to hospital.
At least six men in three vans had pulled up outside the pool hall just before the shooting broke out, witnesses later said.
The video, shared on Twitter by RawsAlerts late Wednesday shows the chaos inside the bar as panicked patrons try to avoid relentless gunmen – and bodies and handwritten signs lying on the floor.
The signs were later identified as notes from the Santa Rosa de Lima drug cartel, which claimed responsibility for the horrific attack.
El Universal reported that the gunmen escaped after the carnage. The Mexican National Guard and the military are investigating.
Tarimoro, with a population of less than 36,000, is over 100 miles from Mexico City. The mass shooting comes just a month after a confrontation between rival cartels in Juarez, just south of El Paso, left 11 people dead.
“It was not just the clash between two groups, but it got to the point where they started shooting at civilians, innocent people. This is the most unfortunate thing in this case,” President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said at the time.