4 Dead in Shooting Near Mexico’s Presidential Residence

By Reuters
December 7, 2019Worldshare
4 Dead in Shooting Near Mexico’s Presidential Residence
A Mexican Navy soldier stands guard outside the National Palace in Mexico City on Sept. 2, 2007. (Alfredo Estrella/AFP via Getty Images)

MEXICO CITY—Four people were killed and two injured in a shooting on Saturday near Mexico’s National Palace, the presidential residence in the capital’s historic downtown, officials said.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was in southeastern Mexico on Saturday.

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Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador speaks during a press conference at the National Palace, in Mexico City, on May 31, 2019. (Ginnette Riquelme/AP)

Preliminary reports indicated that an armed man entered a building on a small street near the palace looking to relieve himself, Mexico City police said.

After two people in the building reproached him, the man withdrew a pistol and opened fire. When police arrived, they found four people with gunshot wounds lying in the building’s courtyard, and shot at the gunman.

Paramedics found the gunman dead, along with two other people, the police said. One of three people who sustained injuries died en route to the hospital.

More than 100 police officers rapidly arrived and cordoned off the street, according to television images.

The building sits in a narrow street that opens onto an entrance of the National Palace used daily by government staff and reporters.

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