Gunmen kill at least 14 at benefit race - El Paso Times
Gunmen kill at least 14 at benefit race - El Paso Times: "Gunmen kill at least 14 at benefit race
El Paso Times Staff
Article Launched: 08/18/2008 12:00:00 AM MDT
EL PASO -- At least 14 people were killed and another 12 suffered gunshot wounds Saturday in the mountain community of Creel, Chihuahua, when several masked men opened fire using automatic rifles during a benefit race, a newspaper in Chihuahua and the Associated Press reported.
Details of the incident and the number of victims vary, but the newspaper El Heraldo reported that about 10 masked men arrived at the race in sport utility vehicles and opened fire, killing men, women and a 1-year-old child. The newspaper reported that tourists ran to hide in restaurants.
Creel is in southwestern Chihuahua in the heart of the Sierra Madre mountains and is frequented by U.S. tourists who want to visit Tarahumara Indian villages.
El Heraldo reported the killings were related to the ongoing drug war that has taken hold in Chihuahua, including Juárez, where more than 800 people have been killed since the beginning of the year."