Panic, gunshots & police sirens: Mexico’s Acapulco rocked by multiple shootings
According to Aztecanoticias newspaper, there was a confrontation between federal police and suspected criminals. A police officer has been allegedly injured in the shooting.
Videos posted on Twitter recorded the sounds of never-ending gunshots. Other photos and videos captured frightened people hiding in local shops or malls and police vehicles patrolling the streets.
Esto vivió la gente de Acapulco que se encontraba laborando en bares hace unas horas. Noche de terror. pic.twitter.com/FIsG62YMAK— ⚔ Mario Riveretti ⚔ (@Mario_Riveretti) April 25, 2016
Galerías Acapulco, also known as La Grand Plaza shopping mall in the city center, has been closed due to the shootings, Mexican media reported, adding that major shooting also took place in the city’s port.
Later, Mexican Federal Police wrote on Twitter about the incident, saying that a suspect was killed. It added that the situation was under control and without danger to the public.
ALERTA EN ACAPULCO. Hace aproximadamente una hora narcoterroristas atacaron un hotel donde se hospedaban agentes de la Policía Federal desplegados en Acapulco, desde ese entonces han habido ataques de narcoterroristas hacia autoridades federales por toda la ciudad y por ende hay enfrentamientos armados. La Infantería de Marina ha enviado unidades para reforzar a los federales. La Comisión Nacional de Seguridad hace un llamado a ciudadanos y turistas de no salir de sus casas u hoteles y en caso de ir en automóvil encender las luces interiores para facilitar las revisiones policiales en los distintos puntos de chequeo o retenes. ----------------------- CRISIS IN ACAPULCO. Approximately one hour ago, narcoterrorists attempt to a hotel where agents of the Federal Police was deployed in Acapulco, since then others attacks to federal authorities have been occurred in the city and also several armed confrontations. The Mexican Marines are on their way to support the Federales. The National Commission of Security make the call to citizens and tourists to stay in their homes or hotels, turn on the internal lights in case you're on a vehicle to make more agile the police work on the checkpoints. #acapulco #balacera #policiafederal #gendarmeria #prayforacapulco
Social media users took to Twitter to express their emotions.
“Good thing it was just "a criminal." That sounds like a Rambo movie,” Twitter user @Palaburas wrote, while @Lain_MX said: “I have family in Acapulco and videos tell me there are shootouts, dead and [I am] very afraid. It's not something quiet!”
Another user, @Mario_Riveretti, said there have been at least 16 shooting locations in Acapulco, adding it was a “night of terror.”
Acapulco, a major seaport in the state of Guerrero on the Pacific coast of Mexico, has over 1 million residents.
However, the city is also considered to be a center for criminal activities, particularly drug trafficking.
Shooting incidents are not rare in Acapulco. Earlier in April, at least nine people were murdered by armed gunmen, with six people killed when a shooter opened fire on a taxi rank.