May 21, 2023

MEXICO: 10 Massacred, 9 Injured In Baja California Off-Road Racing Event From Ensenada To San Felipe. Two Pickup Trucks And Three SUVs Opened Fire On Participants While Parked At A Rest Stop.

Grupo REFORMA published May 20, 2023: Masacre en rally en Ensenada, Baja California. Corredores fueron asesinados y heridos durante un rally denominado 'Cachanillazo' en Ensenada, Baja California, este 20 de mayo.
Personajes México published May 21, 2023: Le quitan la vida a 'El Trébol', del Cártel Arellano Félix y a 10 más en Ensenada, Baja California. Al rededor de las dos de la tarde del día de ayer se registró un enfrentamiento en San Vicente, Ensenada, Baja California, entre delincuentes del Cártel Arellano Félix y del Cártel de Sinaloa. El saldo es de 11 personas fallecidas, entre los que se encuentra un individuo de nombre Alonso Arámbula Piña, alias 'El Trébol', cabecilla del CAF, quien junto con su pareja fallecieron en la balacera.
I USED GOOGLE TRANSLATE: They take the life of 'El Trébol', from the Arellano Félix Cartel and 10 more in Ensenada, Baja California. At around two in the afternoon yesterday there was a confrontation in San Vicente, Ensenada, Baja California, between criminals from the Arellano Félix Cartel and the Sinaloa Cartel. The balance is 11 people dead, including an individual named Alonso Arámbula Piña, alias 'El Trébol', head of the CAF, who along with his partner died in the shooting. (emphasis mine)
CBS 8 San Diego published May 20, 2023: Reports: Shooting leaves 10 people dead at racing event in Mexico. At least ten people were killed, and nine were injured Saturday evening at a racing event in the San Vicente area of Baja California's Ensenada city. The shooting reportedly happened during a yearly, two-day racing event called "CACHANILLAZO," according to a reporter in Mexico. The sold-out event was hosted in the small town of San Vicente in Baja, California—a town with a population of less than 4,000.
Reuters published May 21, 2023: Security tight after deadly Mexico car-show shootout. Eyewitness footage captured a heavy security presence at the scene of a shootout where at least 10 people were killed and nine injured in Baja California.

ABC10 News, San Diego local
written by Pat Mueller
Saturday May 20, 2023

BAJA CALIFORNIA, México (KGTV) — A total of 10 people were killed and seven more were injured during a Saturday afternoon shooting in Mexico's municipality of Ensenada, Baja California, according to a report by ABC 10News media partner Televisa.

The shooting happened at a racing event around 2 p.m. in the San Vicente area of Baja California.

According to information provided by various security corporations, there were two pickup trucks and three SUVs that opened fire on the participants of a race car exhibition event. The event was happening on the Peninsula Highway, and the shooters fled the scene in an unknown direction.

The shooting happened about 90 kilometers from the U.S.-Mexico border, and the victims were left on the side of the dirt road and inside surrounding businesses, Televisa reported.

Law enforcement agents from three levels of the Mexican government launched an operation on the street to find the perpetrators of the massacre immediately.

Televisa reported that although the gunfire happened in the middle of the town, the shots rang out even in the most remote areas of the delegation.

People who spoke to Televisa's reporter said their work day was affected because of the attack.

Investigators spent several hours gathering evidence and necessary information for the case. It took first responders hours to remove the bodies in one of the most violent events in San Vicente's history. 


The Checkered Flag, UK
written by Justin Nguyen
Sunday May 21, 2023

The Cachanillazo, a meetup and adventure ride for UTVs from Ensenada to San Felipe, was ambushed by a band of armed gunmen on Saturday while on the Mexican Federal Highway 1 (Transpeninsular Highway) near San Vicente. Eleven were reportedly killed with nine wounded.

According to Baja California State Attorney General Ricardo Iván Carpio Sánchez, the attack happened on Saturday at 2:15 PM local time. While Cachanillazo drivers were parked at a gas station in San Vicente, multiple gunmen, hooded and dressed in black, drove a silver van to their spot before getting out and opening fire. Ten men and one woman were reported to have died.

Footage of the shooting surfaced on social media, which showed the gunmen moving in and firing. Passerby videos revealed some of the victims were killed while inside or next to their UTVs. Police at the local, state, and federal levels as well as the fire department and Red Cross assisted in managing the scene.

The AG did not immediately confirm the identities of the attackers, though local news reported they were members of a drug cartel while some of the UTV tour’s participants were part of a rival group. Specifically, the attack stemmed from the ongoing conflict between the Sinaloa Cartel (CDS) and Tijuana Cartel (Arellano Félix Cartel, or CAF); the CDS is one of the largest drug syndicates in the world, whereas the CAF was regarded as a major power in the underworld in the 2000s before diminishing in strength, though they maintain a presence in Baja California and Tijuana.

“The Cachanillazo family joins in this unfortunate tragedy,” reads a statement from organisers. “Unfortunately, what happened during the tour was not in our hands. We are wholeheartedly sorry for those lost and their families. Our sincere condolences. We are as baffled as all of you since we have nothing to do with what happened.”

San Vicente is located just off the 330th mile for SCORE International‘s Baja 500 set to take place in early June; pre-running for the 500 began on Saturday. While SCORE has not commented on the matter, the buildup to last year’s Baja 400 had been overshadowed by a cartel-led crime wave in the area (prompting the United States Consulate in Tijuana to warn against travelling) before decreasing in time for the race which proceeded without issue, with SCORE still coordinating police and military security to ensure racer safety.

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