At least three suspects have been arrested in connection with last week’s massacre of 27 people at a drug rehabilitation facility in central Mexico.
The office of the Guanajuato State Attorney General announced the arrests Sunday night, indicating the men were captured in an operation led by the state police.
A spokesperson told DailyMail.com that state attorney general Carlos Zamarripa was scheduled to give additional information Monday.
An image of the aftermath of the July 1 massacre at a rehabilitation center in Irapuato, Mexico, shows a man (circled) getting to his feet after the police arrive after at least four men broke into the building and opened fire on patients, killing 27 people and wounding four
Still image from a video shot inside the central Mexico rehab center shows patients dancing and singing religious verses before a gang barged into the building and opened fire
The three men in custody are allegedly part of the armed group who stormed inside the two-story building and opened fire last Wednesday.
At least 26 of the 27 people who died were patients. Four men were also wounded in the horrifying attack.
Video footage that went viral Sunday shows the victims dancing and singing religious verses before the attackers barged into the ‘Recuperating My Life’ facility, which according to local authorities did not have a permit to operate as a rehabilitation center.
Images leaked on social media showed dozens of victims lying next to and atop each other on the ground and on mattresses which were soaked in blood.
The arrests were made a day after a woman identified as Rosa buried her three sons – Giovanni, 27; Christian, 30; Omar; 39 – who were all killed in the barbaric assault, according to Mexican newspaper Sin Embargo.
Martha Patricia, who lived near the center, said four men used a ladder to climb to the second floor of the building and broke through a door before they fires more than 60 shots. She said that four women ran out of the building injured during the shooting.
Christian and Omar, who fathered six children, had been recently admitted to the facility due to their ongoing drug addictions.
Members of the National Guard and police officers guard the site of the July 1 massacre where 27 people, include 26 patients, were executed
Pictured: some of the 27 victims who died at a drug rehab center in Mexico last Wednessday
Giovanni, who recently had been discharged from the facility for his addiction as well, had gone to the center to visit his brothers and drop off some refreshments and snacks before the attackers unleashed the assault.
Rosa, a mother-of-seven, was home when her husband arrived and broke the tragic news. She rushed to the center but was not allowed in. A neighbor told her that Christian and Omar were found lying on top of their younger sibling.
Since the attack, two drug rehabilitation centers in Irapuato have shut down, forcing the early discharge of 120 patients, whom site directors fear will eventually relapse if they don’t get the proper care.
Nicolás Pérez, who heads the state’s Bajío United Rehabilitation Center, said that the government is working to regulate 265 facilities in Irapuato and another 250 in the city of León that are operating without the necessary permits.
Once a tranquil state following a truce between local cartels, violence has exploded across Guanajuato over the last four years due to an ongoing turf war between the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, viewed by analysts as the most dynamic criminal organization in the country.
Murders in Guanajuato increased by 222 percent in 2019 with 3,540 homicides after 1,096 were reported in 2016. At least 1,903 murders have been reported in the first five months of 2020.
At least 61 homicides were reported in June in the city of Irapuato.
A report published by the Citizen’s Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice in June ranked Irapuato as the fourth-most dangerous city in the world in 2019 with 80.74 homicides per 100,000 residents.