MEXICO CITY: Four people were killed and two were injured in a shooting near Mexico’s National Palace where the president lives on Saturday, officials said.
Initial reports indicate that a man entered a neighborhood to relieve himself, and after two people reproached him, he took out a gun and opened fire, Mexico City authorities said.
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President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was traveling outside of Mexico City on Saturday.
After two people in the building reproached him, the man withdrew a pistol and opened fire.
When police arrived, they found four people with gunshot wounds lying in the building’s courtyard and shot at the gunman.
Paramedics found the gunman dead, along with two other people, the police said. One of three people who sustained injuries died en route to the hospital.
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More than 100 police officers rapidly arrived and cordoned off the street, according to television images.
The building sits in a narrow, pedestrian-only street that opens onto an entrance of the National Palace used daily by government staff and reporters.
Lopez Obrador took office a year ago on pledges to run an austere government.
In addition to cutting his salary by half, he shed various trappings of power, including a large force of secret-service style bodyguards.
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The leftist also turned the luxurious Los Pinos presidential residence into a cultural center and moved into the centuries-old National Palace amid the bustle of Mexico City’s historic center.