May 28. A man was murdered in broad daylight in Cruz de Huanacaxtle, a town in the municipality of Bahia de Banderas, north of the resort town of Puerto Vallarta.
He was shot on Atún street between Tiburón y Sirena. The murder occurred the morning of Monday, May 28, near the the town’s health clinic. The first calls to police came at 11.25 a.m.
Scenic La Cruz, where the streets are named after marine life
The victim was hit in the head with bullets from an AK-47 rifle. Four 7.62 x 39 mm casings from an AK-47 were found at the scene.
Terrified residents ran, ducked for cover, and threw themselves to the ground after hearing a number of gunfire bursts.
Witnesses saw two white vans speeding away from the scene of the crime, leaving behind the body of a man identified so far only as “Chatillo” due to a tattoo on his chest. Another tattoo on his left shoulder said “santa muerte” (holy death).
Directly after the shooting, some frightened residents ran to local schools to pick up their children - the murder occurred near the Emiliano Zapata elementary school. Other citizens temporarily shuttered their businesses. A few minutes after the gunfire was heard police patrols showed up, sirens wailing.
The dead man was wearing a red shirt, blue jeans, and brown boots. He was estimated to be between 27 and 35 years of age.
The deceased had no identification on him. However, a yellow envelope was found, as is commonly used by banks, suggesting he may have been robbed of some cash.
(NB - This post has been rejected by some local message boards, as it is seen as alarmist and irrelevant to the purpose of community boards devoted to activities, restaurant reviews, advice, notices etc. As well, basic crime information is available in the Spanish-language press, and this is deemed sufficient. La politica posted directly after the La Cruz event first came to light, early in the afternoon of March 28, in the hopes of warning the people in La Cruz and any others who might be headed that way.)
(TE Wilson is the author of Mezcalero, a Detective Sánchez novel.)
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