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Gunman opens fire outside Tijuana funeral home

Police say drug-dealing motorcycle club members to blame

Scene outside funeral home on August 25
Scene outside funeral home on August 25

An AK-47-wielding gunman opened fire outside a Tijuana funeral home minutes before midnight on Tuesday, August 25, killing two and injuring seven others.

Mourners had gathered at La Esperanza funeral home on Avenida Negrete at Boulevard Agua Caliente near downtown to say goodbye to two brothers who had been executed last week at a tire shop in Colonia Independencia. The men being mourned had been shot dead with a .45-caliber handgun at around 9:40 p.m. on August 19.

According to multiple press accounts, all of the shootings have been linked by investigators to a motorcycle club called the Hooligans, which reputedly is involved in low-level drug trafficking and the theft of motorcycles in the U.S. Authorities said the gang is apparently involved in an internal battle for control, leading to the multiple shootings.

The scene on the sidewalk outside the funeral home on Tuesday morning was described by newspapers as one of panic and confusion, with victims screaming for help and as many as 50 officers from multiple law-enforcement agencies converging on the site. It took ambulances up to 30 minutes to arrive, even though a Red Cross station is just a few blocks away, according to press accounts.

Killed in the shooting was David Roberto Aguilar Campa, 25, who was shot in the stomach, according to El Sol de Tijuana. The second man killed outside the funeral home, also 25, has yet to be identified. He was shot in the back, the newspaper reported.

Among the seven people wounded in the shooting were two minors, El Mexicano reported, but no other details were provided.

Police said the funeral home was riddled with bullets and that around 25 spent cartridges from the AK-47 were discovered on the ground where the shooter opened fire.

Despite the massive police presence at the scene, officers were unable to capture those responsible for the attack. Witnesses said a gray sports car pulled up, a man got out, and, without uttering a word, opened fire. He then jumped back into the car, which sped away toward Boulevard Fundadores.

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Bob, is this the same downtown TJ that we're now being told has all those nifty bars, clubs, eateries and galleries? Is this the same area that has all those things that are being promoted to US residents as a safe and wonderful area to experience?

You couldn't help but express your attitude toward the TJ cops who who could not find the killers, or about the slow response by the ambulances, could you? And here I thought you were a TJ booster!

Advice to any gringo is to stay away from TJ at any time of day, any day of the year, no matter how sexy some restaurant reviewer makes one of those places sound. Your life could depend upon it.

Aug. 27, 2015

Stopped going to Mexico years ago. The risk is too great and the rewards are zero. It is one hell of a way to increase the mortuary business.

Aug. 28, 2015

Why would Tijuana be unsafe for a non drug using, non criminal USA citizen? The thing most people seem to miss is these shootings are far from randoms acts of violence usually the victims and perpetrators are involved in illegal activities.

Does not make the shootings or crimes right or pardonable but if you want to come to Tijuana and enjoy a great night out at a great restaurant or just drive on thru on the toll road and visit the Valle Guadalupe and have a great Napa style wine experience your not likely to be a victim of a random act of violence.

Aug. 29, 2015

Well, Chris, you have a helluva selling job to convince many of us to start crossing into TJ for any reason. "Napa-style wine experience" in Baja? I don' theenk zo, Senor. Come up with something a lot more convincing.

Aug. 30, 2015

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Scene outside funeral home on August 25
Scene outside funeral home on August 25

An AK-47-wielding gunman opened fire outside a Tijuana funeral home minutes before midnight on Tuesday, August 25, killing two and injuring seven others.

Mourners had gathered at La Esperanza funeral home on Avenida Negrete at Boulevard Agua Caliente near downtown to say goodbye to two brothers who had been executed last week at a tire shop in Colonia Independencia. The men being mourned had been shot dead with a .45-caliber handgun at around 9:40 p.m. on August 19.

According to multiple press accounts, all of the shootings have been linked by investigators to a motorcycle club called the Hooligans, which reputedly is involved in low-level drug trafficking and the theft of motorcycles in the U.S. Authorities said the gang is apparently involved in an internal battle for control, leading to the multiple shootings.

The scene on the sidewalk outside the funeral home on Tuesday morning was described by newspapers as one of panic and confusion, with victims screaming for help and as many as 50 officers from multiple law-enforcement agencies converging on the site. It took ambulances up to 30 minutes to arrive, even though a Red Cross station is just a few blocks away, according to press accounts.

Killed in the shooting was David Roberto Aguilar Campa, 25, who was shot in the stomach, according to El Sol de Tijuana. The second man killed outside the funeral home, also 25, has yet to be identified. He was shot in the back, the newspaper reported.

Among the seven people wounded in the shooting were two minors, El Mexicano reported, but no other details were provided.

Police said the funeral home was riddled with bullets and that around 25 spent cartridges from the AK-47 were discovered on the ground where the shooter opened fire.

Despite the massive police presence at the scene, officers were unable to capture those responsible for the attack. Witnesses said a gray sports car pulled up, a man got out, and, without uttering a word, opened fire. He then jumped back into the car, which sped away toward Boulevard Fundadores.

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Bob, is this the same downtown TJ that we're now being told has all those nifty bars, clubs, eateries and galleries? Is this the same area that has all those things that are being promoted to US residents as a safe and wonderful area to experience?

You couldn't help but express your attitude toward the TJ cops who who could not find the killers, or about the slow response by the ambulances, could you? And here I thought you were a TJ booster!

Advice to any gringo is to stay away from TJ at any time of day, any day of the year, no matter how sexy some restaurant reviewer makes one of those places sound. Your life could depend upon it.

Aug. 27, 2015

Stopped going to Mexico years ago. The risk is too great and the rewards are zero. It is one hell of a way to increase the mortuary business.

Aug. 28, 2015

Why would Tijuana be unsafe for a non drug using, non criminal USA citizen? The thing most people seem to miss is these shootings are far from randoms acts of violence usually the victims and perpetrators are involved in illegal activities.

Does not make the shootings or crimes right or pardonable but if you want to come to Tijuana and enjoy a great night out at a great restaurant or just drive on thru on the toll road and visit the Valle Guadalupe and have a great Napa style wine experience your not likely to be a victim of a random act of violence.

Aug. 29, 2015

Well, Chris, you have a helluva selling job to convince many of us to start crossing into TJ for any reason. "Napa-style wine experience" in Baja? I don' theenk zo, Senor. Come up with something a lot more convincing.

Aug. 30, 2015

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