The number of Tijuana minors being treated for gunshot wounds -- some children as young as two years old -- has increased about 50 percent in the past few months.

In interviews with two Tijuana dailies –- El Mexicano and Frontera -- Red Cross trauma center director Victoria García Noriega attributed the increase to “the wave of violence” the city is experiencing.

Last year, said García, the number of patients under 18 treated for gunshot wounds was between 5 and 7, but in the past few months, that number has shot up to between 15 and 20 patients.

In addition to the “wave of violence,” García blamed adults who leave firearms within reach of children.

Most of the underage gunshot victims are between 14 and 18, she said, but some have been 2 and 3 years old.

Many of the youngsters have required long periods of hospitalization for serious wounds to the neck, head, and chest, said García, but so far none of the patients treated at the Red Cross center has died from the injuries.

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sandybeach April 12, 2009 @ 8:26 a.m.

It is so sad so see the lives of young children exposed to intense violent shootouts so close to those of us who live in neighborhoods where life is good. These children deserve a better life, and Mexico should clean up it's police force, and the corruption that puts everyone's life a risk.

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x_acto April 12, 2009 @ 11:22 a.m.

Enough of this CRAP! When are we going to step in take care of this Tijuana crap. The mexican government either cannot take care of it itself or WILL NOT take care of it themselves. Either way I think it is time for the U.S. to step in and take control of the situation. We send young men and women to the other side of the world to fight and die for oil. that is the only thing we are going to get out of there now. But we won't send anyone other than border patrol down to the mexican border. that's bullcrap, there are taxpaying citizens who live less than 1/4 mile from the border, I live less that 4 miles from the border, well within "stray bullet range" (high powered stray). I have a gun in my house and and kids too, and a dog. When my dog starts barking in the middle of the night the first thing I grab is my weapon. It's too bad I have to do that here in THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I'm just pis**d these big time companies get bailed out for not taking care of there finances, our government sends kids to irag and afganistan for nothing. California could barely scrape together enough money to send out in tax checks. But we don't send military personell down here to secure our borders?

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SpliffAdamz_ April 12, 2009 @ 6:37 p.m.

Here we go again!!! Before you can clean the s on mexico yard , clean up the s on amerikkka yard first it's really starting to stink up the whole world. Amerikkka has had guns , drugs and violence since day one , so why is everyone so work up about mexico? Wait i know why , playing the blame game again!! When will you dumb azz amerikkkans stop bytchin about other countries and worry about the one you live in thats been pumping you in the azz since george racist washington was the first ahole to be president. You really think mexico needs to clean their police force? What about these drunks we call police over here? They beat little kids on camera and the only thing that happens to them is they get transferred , or they find a way to say it's justified. The damm article is about kids getting shot and adults leaving guns around them. But right here in amerikkka they do the same thing , just read x_acto blog. "I HAVE A GUN IN MY HOUSE AND KIDS , AND A DOG. WHEN MY DOG STARTS BARKING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT THE FIRST THING I GRAB IS MY WEAPON." You amerikkkans are the biggest f*ing hypocrites in the damm world!!!!!!!!

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winslow May 24, 2009 @ 6:06 p.m.

Lest we forget our cities can post impressive numbers too. Take this example-

http://archives.chicagotribune.com/2009/mar/18/local/chi-chicago-kid-killed-18-mar18

That's 29 students KILLED as of mid March, in a city that's population is smaller than TJ's.

I would think it kind of odd that I hadn't heard or read about it in our local or national media, but then with all the noise anytime there is crime in Mexico, they are limited by space and time.

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magicsfive May 24, 2009 @ 8:07 p.m.

god i am so sick of this sht...spliff, where do you live? here in AMERICA??? if so, and if you hate it SO much, then why don't you just GET THE FCK OUT?????????????

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magicsfive May 25, 2009 @ 12:34 a.m.

oh and btmfw SPLEEF...i am in issaquah, washington, if you want to speak on it.

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