Mexico City: Two people were killed and at least six others seriously wounded in Mexico when armed men opened fire on players and spectators at an amateur baseball game, authorities said. The attorney general’s office in the state of Puebla said the attack occurred Sunday in the town of Acatzingo, 170 kilometers (105 miles) from Mexico City.
“According to witnesses, three vehicles arrived, the occupants dismounted and opened fire. They opened fire equally against players and the public,” said Jesus Jimenez, Acatzingo’s Director of Security.
Jimenez said both of the dead were players, one of whom died on the playing field and the other as he was being rushed to the hospital.
The attorney general’s office said six were injured, but Jimenez said there were 11 wounded in the attack, including a 12-year-old boy. Two local teams — Reyes de Juarez and Felipe Angeles — were playing against each other in the finals of an amateur league.
Puebla is one of the Mexican states that largely has been spared the drug cartel violence afflicting other parts of the country. But it has had a high incidence of vigilante violence, as well as criminal activity centered on the theft of fuel from the facilities of state oil giant Pemex.