Gunmen attacked patrons at a bar near the U.S. consulate in Ciudad Juarez early today, killing three people in the second deadly club shooting in a week in the violent northern Mexico border city.
Two young men died at the Muro bar during the shooting around 1:30 a.m. and a third victim died after being taken to a hospital, said the spokesman for Chihuahua state prosecutors, Julio Castaneda. Two more men suffered wounds, he said.
The prosecutors office had not yet identified the victims, who were between 20 and 25 years old, Castaneda said.
It was the second attack on a bar in Ciudad Juarez in a week, he said. Five men were killed a week earlier at the bar La Brecha.
Fighting among rival drug cartels have turned Ciudad Juarez into a battleground in recent years. The city, which sits across from El Paso, Texas, has seen more than 6,000 people killed in drug violence the past two years.
Also on Sunday, Mexican authorities reported the arrest of a suspected high-ranking figure in the Sinaloa drug cartel.
A general in charge of a military garrison near San Luis Rio Colorado in northern Sonora state said police detained Julio Cesar Aguilar Garcia, known as "El Vaquero," or "The Cowboy."
The general says Aguilar is a suspected trafficker for the Sinaloa cartel's Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada. He is alleged to have directed air shipments of drugs in the Valley of Mexicali, near the Arizona border.
The general spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to journalists.
He said a traffic violation led to Friday's arrest of Aguilar and five others.