At a significant US-Mexico border crossing, intense gunfire has erupted, and local reports indicate multiple fatalities.
The incident began around 3 p.m. local time on the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge.
According to the Mexican news outlet Adn40, “apparently the confrontation occurred between elements of the army and armed civilians; the preliminary balance is three alleged criminals killed.”
A bridge traverses the Rio Grande and connects the cities of Pharr in Texas, United States, and Reynosa in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.
A second video depicts two individuals hiding by the side of a truck as shots sound out over a road that appears to be empty.
A witness noted next to a photo of a shredded bullet that bullets were ricocheting off the Reynosa-Pharr customs building.
The notorious gangs that control the movement of illegal drugs into the United States engage in fierce competition for control of Mexico’s border regions.
Video captured from within one of the bridge trucks reveals what appear to be Mexican military vehicles speeding past terrified commuters.
According to local reports, violence erupted after authorities allegedly apprehended ‘La Pawa,’ the regional leader of the criminal organization Los Zetas.
🔥 FUE LA SDR EN PHAR – NOPALERA 🔥
Las balas rebotando en las instalaciones de la aduana Reynosa-Pharr pic.twitter.com/eLvSbaRZ4r
— REYNOSA CODIGO ROJO (@R_CodigoRojo) May 10, 2023
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