Monterrey, Mexico, Shootout Claims Bystanders

Forensic investigators work a crime scene as a Mexican Army soldier stands guard near downtown Monterrey, Mexico, Monday Jan. 17, 2011. According to police at the crime scene, five men were shot dead outside a local shop by a group of unknown assassins. (AP Photo/Carlos Jasso)
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MONTERREY, Mexico - Gunmen looking to settle a drug gang dispute blitzed a corner store Monday in northeast Mexico, killing six people, including two apparent bystanders, authorities said.

Four of the victims in the daylight attack were believed to have been peddling drugs from the store in the industrial city, said Monterrey public security spokesman Jorge Domene.

Two other unidentified victims, a man and a woman, were likely bystanders who were in the store when the gunmen got out of an SUV and sent a barrage of gunfire into the establishment to the west of the city's center.

He said the violence was the result of a turf dispute between drug gangs.

Domene also confirmed that the killing of three brothers at a taco stall in Monterrey earlier Monday was likely linked to a rivalry between drug gangs, bringing to 40 the number of killings in the city related to organized crime in 2011.

Drug cartel turf battles around the country have left more than 30,000 people dead since December 2006.

Mexico City has been spared most of the violence, but police said eight people died in a shootout among drug dealers Sunday in the La Esperanza neighborhood of the city of Nezahualcoyotl, a suburb of the metropolis.