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Central Mexico City has rare moment of violence in tourist area

Feb 16, 2013 1:51 am

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Despite the perception, Mexico City is only slightly more dangerous than Los Angeles and less than half as dangerous as Chicago when it comes to gun violence.

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Police block the sidewalk where the covered body of an unidentified man, center, lays on the sidewalk in the Zona Rosa neighborhood of Mexico City, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. Eduardo Verdugo / Associated Press


A rare shooting in broad daylight in one of Mexico City’s most crowded tourist zones has killed a man.

An Associated Press photographer at the scene saw the man’s lifeless body covered with a tarp on a blood-covered sidewalk in the Zona Rosa, an area crowded with hotels and restaurants.

An official of the city’s Public Safety Department confirmed the man was shot to death. Under department rules, the official was not authorized to be quoted by name.

The official said that one of two men on a motorcycle fired several shots at the man and then drove off.

Assassins commonly use motorcycles in Central America, but that has been less common in Mexico.

Mexico City has largely been spared the drug violence plaguing many parts of the country.

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