The Mexican border cities of Tijuana, Mexicali, Rosarito, and Ensenada experienced widespread violence on Friday. Including arson and gunfire from drug cartels, including targeting stores, vehicles, and innocent bystanders.
Mayor of Tijuana, Montserrat Caballero, called on “organized crime” to stop targeting innocent civilians.
The scope of violence in Tijuana, Mexicali, Rosarito, Ensenada, and Tecate was not yet clear. The mayor said the town would remain open despite the violence.
The U.S. Consulate General Tijuana posted a tweet on Friday evening. It said they are aware of the numerous reports of vehicle fires, roadblocks, and of all the police activity in Tijuana, Mexicali, Rosarito, Ensenada, and Tecate. They have also reported that all US government employees have been instructed to shelter in place until further notice.
The Consulate also included some safety tips. First, you should avoid the area; second, if you are already in the area, seek secure shelter; third, monitor local media for updates, fourth, make sure to be aware of your surroundings; and lastly, notify friends and family of your safety.
The governor of Baja, Marina del Pilar, tweeted on Friday, “I condemn the violent events that occurred this afternoon in our state.” She also noted in a later tweet that “We are working from the first moment to safeguard peace in our State. We will apply all the strength of our government so that there is peace, and we will find those responsible for these attacks.” The army and national guard have been brought in Saturday to help with the efforts.
Tijuana has long investigated violent crimes and the illegal drug trade.
For more coverage, please see additional news sources below:
- U.S. Consulate workers in Tijuana were told to shelter in place amid wave of violence Axios
- US government workers told to shelter in place amid surge in Tijuana violence Fox News
- Public, US employees in Tijuana warned to shelter-in-place as chaos, violence erupt New York Post
- U.S. Consulate employees in Tijuana told to “shelter in place” as violence escalates in border cities CBS News
- US Consulate Tijuana advises shelter-in-place amid reports of violence FOX 5 San Diego