On the Tamaulipas border: shoot first, ask questions later
Police in the border town of Reynosa, Tamaulipas shot and seriously injured Indira Michel Blanco González of McAllen, Texas early yesterday morning, the Tamaulipas state prosecutor has confirmed.
Blanco González, 14 and a U.S. citizen, was shot after she and her boyfriend, also 14, stopped at a local convenience store about 12:30 a.m. Monday, according to Mexican press sources.
Blanco, who is four months pregnant, was wounded in the stomach, but her boyfriend escaped and has not been located.
According to authorities, both victims and the vehicle in which they were traveling were the subject of a police lookout after the couple was allegedly reported missing. Police said they gave chase after spotting their Chevrolet Silverado, but claimed the truck sped off at a high rate of speed.
Police fired on the vehicle while it was still moving, and insisted that Blanco's boyfriend was at the wheel.
"She had just gone to drop off her boyfriend. He lives in the area," said Blanco's mother, who disputed the official account and said her daughter was driving.
State police officers involved in the shooting have been ordered to give a formal statement before prosecutors.
In September three other American citizens were killed by a special Tamaulipas tactical squad known as Grupo Hércules, in and around Matamoros. The victims were residents of Progreso, Texas.
Those cases remain under investigation.
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