Mayor and brother-in-law among 18 dead in suspected gang crime

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American citizen and his mayor brother-in-law among 18 killed in ‘cowardly assassination’ when gunmen pelted a home then stormed city hall in Mexico – leaving the building ‘riddled with bullet holes’ in suspected gang crime

  • Mayor of San Miguel Totolapan Conrado Mendoza Almeda, his American brother-in-law Gustavo Salazar and the mayor’s father, who shares his name, have been identified along with 7 others
  • Police and councilors were among the victims of the suspected gang crime, with the attack being blamed on the Los Tequileros criminal gang
  • Graphic images of bloodied bodies have been circulating social media with the Mayor’s party condemning the attack as a ‘cowardly assassination’
  • The criminal group was active in Guerrero between 2015 and 2017 – and was known for threatening mayors of the region
  • WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT 
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The Mayor of a small southwestern Mexican town, with a population of about 4,300 people, has been identified as one of 18 people killed during a gruesome mass shooting.

Mayor of San Miguel Totolapan Conrado Mendoza Almeda, his American brother-in-law Gustavo Salazar and the mayor’s father, who shares his name, have been identified along with 7 others.

Police and councilors were among the victims of the suspected gang crime, with the attack being blamed on the Los Tequileros criminal group, according to the BBC.

Police said gunmen stormed the town hall at 2pm on Wednesday leaving the council building riddled with bullet holes.

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Graphic images of bloodied bodies have been circulating on social media with the Mayor’s party condemning the attack as a ‘cowardly assassination.’

It is believed that the gunmen attacked Medoza Almeda’s father’s home before storming the council building.

A highway in the state of Guerrero, where the town is located, has been reported to be briefly blocked by large vehicles to prevent security forces from getting into the city.

Mayor of San Miguel Totolapan Conrado Mendoza Almeda - a small south-western Mexican town - has been identified as one of 18 people gruesomely killed during a mass shooting

Mayor of San Miguel Totolapan Conrado Mendoza Almeda – a small south-western Mexican town – has been identified as one of 18 people gruesomely killed during a mass shooting

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Police said gunmen stormed the town hall at 2pm on Wednesday leaving the council building riddled with bullet holes (pictured)

Police said gunmen stormed the town hall at 2pm on Wednesday leaving the council building riddled with bullet holes (pictured) 

Police and councilors were among the victims of the suspected gang crime, with the attack being blamed on the Los Tequileros

Police and councilors were among the victims of the suspected gang crime, with the attack being blamed on the Los Tequileros

San Miguel Totolapan is at the heart of a region known as Tierra Caliente – a violent part of drug cartel-controlled western Mexico.

Groups have been known to battle for control of the lucrative drug routes which sit north along the Pacific corridor.

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Local media reported that 18 people were killed in the attack while three others were wounded.

A video emerged on Twitter showing the gunmen running through the street armed during the attack.

Screams and shots can be heard echoing through the otherwise fairly quiet street.

It is believed that the gunmen attacked Medoza Almeda's (pictured) father's home before storming the council building

It is believed that the gunmen attacked Medoza Almeda’s (pictured) father’s home before storming the council building

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A video emerged on Twitter showing the gunmen running through the street armed during the attack. Screams and shots can be heard echoing through the otherwise fairly quiet street

A video emerged on Twitter showing the gunmen running through the street armed during the attack. Screams and shots can be heard echoing through the otherwise fairly quiet street

Graphic images of bloodied bodies have been circulating social media with the Mayor's party condemning the attack as a 'cowardly assassination'

Groups have been known to battle for control of the lucrative drug routes which sit north along the Pacific corridor - historically threatening mayor's

Graphic images of bloodied bodies have been circulating social media with the Mayor’s party condemning the attack as a ‘cowardly assassination’

San Miguel Totolapan is at the heart of a region known as Tierra Caliente - a violent part of drug cartel-controlled western Mexico

San Miguel Totolapan is at the heart of a region known as Tierra Caliente – a violent part of drug cartel-controlled western Mexico

Following the attack, the Ministry of National Defence said it was deploying army and navy units to the area to find the gunmen.

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Guerrero Governor Evelyn Salgado Pineda said she ‘deeply regrets’ the deaths and is standing with the community to make sure justice is served.

A video released on social media from alleged members of Los Tequileros was posted shortly before the attacks announcing their return to the region.

The criminal group was active in Guerrero between 2015 and 2017 – and was known for threatening mayors of the region – until its leader, Raybel Jacobo de Almonte was assassinated.

The gang took their name from De Almonte also known as El Tequilero – the Tequila Drinker.

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