Shootings in Matamoros Kill "Tony Tormenta" and Nearly 100 People
POSTED: Monday, November 8, 2010 - 5:43pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 9:19am
Although nothing has been confirmed, more bomb threats in Matamoros forced schools to evacuate their children and staff Monday morning. All morning long, Mexican aircrafts circled the Mexican city and plumes of smoke could be seen from Brownsville but this is just one threat after two days of continuous gun battles.
Friday’s shoot out allegedly killed suspected Mexican drug trafficking kingpin, 48-year-old, Antonio
Ezequiel Cardenas Guillen, also known as, “Tony Tormenta.” Guillen is said to have been the leader of the Gulf Cartel.
This YouTube video shot by a person in Matamoros walks five blocks to get as close as he can to the action Friday morning. As he walks, gun shots can be heard in the background but it wasn't until he walked up to the center of the shootout where his life was truly at risk. As you can see in the video, he had to hide behind a pick-up truck as SUVs with drug cartel members inside are seeing driving off at a high rate of speed. The gunfire on Friday is said to have killed more than 55 people.
But the violence didn't end there, the following day, sources confirmed more shootouts, grenade explosions and more deaths. The aftermath? You can see it for yourself, viewers who wished not to be identified sent us these pictures after the gun battles: Cars with numerous bullet holes and buildings destroyed after grenade explosions.
Although not confirmed, sources say the latest gun battles may have killed more than 100 people.