AT least 24 people were killed in an armed attack on a drug rehabilitation facility, the attack also injured seven people on Wednesday.
The attack occurred in the central Mexican city of Irapuato, in the city of Guanajuato. Secretary of Security, Pedro Alberto Cortes Zavala confirmed the horrific attack, the second such attack to take place in Irapuato in the past month.
Cortes Zavala reported that several gunmen entered the annex, threw the patients to the ground and shot them.
The suspects reportedly fled the scene. Some victims were rushed to local hospitals while others reportedly left on their own means.
Local police, the National Guard and agents with the Attorney General of Guanajuato were at the scene investigating the shooting.
Photos from the scene shared by police with local reporters show at least 11 prone and bloodied bodies lying in a room.
The attack was one of the worst mass slayings since President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took officer 19 months ago, pledging to reduce record levels of violence.
Contrary to what the president pledged, homicides have hit a new record last year and are trending higher still in 2020.
A similar attack occurred on June 6, when 10 men were killed when gunmen opened fire in a rehabilitation center for addicts in Irapuato. It was not immediately clear if the same facility was hit both times.
Guanajuato, a major car production hub, has become one of the principal flashpoints of criminal violence in Mexico.
Rehab centers are known to have been targeted by criminal gangs waging turf wars for control of the drug business.