Two minors, 13 and 15 years old, were shot dead this Friday in the middle of an armed confrontation between police forces and suspected criminals in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz. According to police sources, the two victims are considered “collateral damage” from the shooting between elements of the Civil Force, the elite group of the Veracruz Public Security Secretariat and alleged members of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG), considered the most violent in the country.
The events occurred in the mountainous municipality of Omealca, where the police forces received a citizen complaint about the presence of two vehicles with armed people in the community of Guadalupe La Patrona. Elements of the Civil Force attended the scene, who were shot, which generated a shooting that left two dead, the two minors, who were cleaning a truck in the courtyard of their home .
A shooting in Mexico leaves one dead, three wounded and one kidnapped
The criminals fled the scene without the authorities being able to arrest them, however, sources from the agency assured without evidence that those responsible for the confrontation were members of the powerful cartel.
For the past two decades, Veracruz has been mired in a drug cartel war for control of the territory. According to intelligence areas of the Secretariat of the Navy and the Mexican Army, the cartels of the Zetas, Jalisco Nueva Generación and the Gulf are faced by territorial control.
The routes for the transport of drugs and the passage of migrants, the collection of the right of floor (extortion of businesses) and kidnapping are disputed. During the first five months of the year, Veracruz ranked fifth in the country with the highest number of atrocities such as massacres or mass graves, revealed a study by the Causa en Común organization.
Mexico reported 2,963 homicides in May , the most violent month so far in 2021 and one of the 10 bloodiest in the government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who took power in 2018. The country has recorded the two most violent years in Mexico. its history in López Obrador’s first two years, with 34,682 murder victims in 2019 and 34,554 in 2020.