MEXICO AMBUSH: Nine Americans Dead

A convoy of American citizens living in Mexico came under attack yesterday as they were traveling toward the Arizona border. At least nine people, including six children, were shot to death.

The ambush is believed to have been carried out by members of an organized drug cartel and may have been a case of mistaken identity. The victims were members of a large Mormon family living in a community in northern Mexico. An unknown number of people, many of them children, are believed to have survived and were possibly kidnapped.

Mexican security forces, supported by the army, the National Guard  and local police are in the area investigating the ambush, looking for the survivors and trying to track down the gunmen. (CBS News)

Hot Takes:

  • All of the victims are Americans, although many were born in Mexico and hold dual citizenship.
  • The victims are part of a well-known settlement created by an offshoot of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • The death toll will very likely rise.