6 gunmen die in shootout with rivals in Juárez

by Aileen B. Flores \ El Paso Times
Posted: 11/04/2011 02:31:40 PM MDT

More than 400 rounds were fired Thursday in a battle in which six people died in Juárez, authorities said Friday.

According to the Chihuahua state police, the confrontation began about 8:45 p.m. Thursday in the Cuesta neighborhood, near the Sierra Misiones and Montes Urales streets. Two men were killed inside a car with Texas plates, and a woman was killed inside another vehicle.

The clash continued in the Del Real neighborhood at the intersection of Tecnológico Avenue and Tláloc Street, where three men were killed.

Police were able to identify one of the victims as Roberto Zamora Herrera, 24.

Investigators said they collected 442 bullet casings from the crime scenes.

Four vehicles and six weapons were seized.

The confrontation is one of many registered in the city since the drug war between drug cartels began in 2008. More than 12,000 people have died because of the drug war in Chihuahua state since 2008.

Aileen B. Flores may be reached at aflores@elpasotimes.com; 546-6362.