13 Dead In Mexico Border Shootout

A man lies dead next to an automatic weapon after a shootout in Tijuana, Mexico, Saturday, April 26, 2008. Running gunbattles broke out between suspected drug traffickers on the streets of Tijuana Saturday, killing 13 people and wounding nine, law enforcement officials said. AP Photo

Mexican police have gathered up more than 1,500 spent shell casings following massive gunbattles in Tijuana that left 13 dead and nine injured.

At one point, the suspected drug traffickers shot at one another as their sport utility vehicles sped down a busy six-lane boulevard.

All of the dead are believed to be drug traffickers, possibly rival members of the same cartel. Eight suspects and one federal police officer were injured.

Police have recovered 21 vehicles, many with bullet holes or American license plates, and 54 guns.

Police say the first shootout claimed seven victims. Three subsequent gunbattles - one outside a hospital - claimed five more. The body of a man police believe to be the 13th victim turned up at a city hospital.
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