A team gunman opened fire on three trucks transporting migrants on a highway in the southern border state of Chiapas Sunday morning, leaving two dead and seven wounded. The migrants, made up of primarily Guatemalans, were heading north toward the United States border as part of a caravan.
Three trucks were attacked by a team of gunmen believed to be rival human smugglers, according to a statement by the state attorney general’s office. The attack occurred on the Pujultic–Venustiano Carranza Highway within the state capital of Tuxtla Gutiérrez between 3 and 4 am. All victims were reportedly transported to local hospitals.
Chiapas is the main entry point for Central American migrants in caravans or smaller groups bound for the United States. With the daily influx, the region exhibited a spike in violent crime, narcotics dealing, and human smuggling activities. Breitbart News recently reported on the murder of two municipal police officers who were gunned down by a suspected MS-13 member from Honduras.