At least 40 people launched the attack outside the home of a prominent cattle breeder in Guerrero state, police said. It was the second attack to target ranchers in as many days. On Saturday at least seven people died in another shooting in the same state.
Guerrero has experienced a wave of violence blamed on drug cartels. The ranch in Petatlan attacked on Sunday belongs to Rogaciano Alba Alvarez, the head of the Guerrero cattlemen’s association. Officials said the gunmen drove up to the ranch in pick-up trucks early on Sunday morning before opening fire.
A day earlier, at least seven ranchers attending a meeting of the cattlemen’s association in the city of Iguala were killed. The motive for the attack on Mr. Alba is not clear, but the scale of both attacks and the firepower used suggest clear links to organized crime, he says.
Organized crime and drugs trafficking seems to be the all time disease for Mexico that keeps it in that low condition with no way out.