Residents of Matamoros remain on edge following Friday night’s violence that left four people dead, including a most-wanted Gulf Cartel leader and two other cartel gunmen, along with a civilian caught in a firefight between the cartel and law enforcement officials.
The violence erupted when military soldiers and state police on patrol tried to stop a vehicle convoy. Gunmen in the vehicles opened fire as they sped away, the pursuit and running gunbattle moved through several city streets, ending at Plaza Fiesta Mall where a shootout sent shoppers and moviegoers running for cover.
The gunbattle killed the 32-year-old leader of a Gulf Cartel faction who was wanted by both Mexico and the U.S. The violence prompted the U.S. Consulate in Matamoros to order American personnel to shelter in place at night and to place them under daytime travel restrictions.