Probe into killing of 5 in Mexicali continues

January 26, 2011|By SILVIO J. PANTA | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer
  • The exterior of La Resaca bar in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico remains cordoned off by police tape after a Jan. 24, 2011 shooting left five patrons dead.
Arturo Bojorquez

MEXICALI — An investigation is continuing in connection with the execution-style shootings of two former law enforcement officials and three other people at a bar here, authorities said Tuesday.

The state Attorney General’s Office of Baja California stopped short of confirming whether Monday’s killings have any ties to organized crime, but officials stressed in a press statement that their leads, or “two lines of research,” could show a link.

Preliminary details about the killings show that three suspects got out of a white Plymouth vehicle carrying handguns and opened fire at close range at the “La Resaca,” or The Hangover, bar before fleeing.

No one has been arrested for the crimes.

Guadalupe Salazar Beltran, 28, nicknamed “El Lupillo,” a former agent with the state public safety police, and Manuel Alejandro Vidal Ayala, 32, who resigned in 2009 as an agent with the Attorney General’s Office, were among the dead, the news release reported.

Arturo Salazar Aispuro, 30, Jose Eduardo Castro Hernandez, 22, a musician, and Jose Alfredo Gutierrez Elizarraras, the brother of a former agent of the Attorney General’s Office, were also slain.

Seven bullet casings of a .38-caliber handgun and 14 casings of a 9 mm weapon were recovered at the crime scene in addition to the seizure of five cars, officials reported. No explanation was given as to why the vehicles were seized but the statement reported that authorities were going to determine whether they were stolen.

Tests were also going to be conducted on the vehicles in order to clarify certain unspecified facts of the case. The Attorney General’s Office declined in its release to specify or explain any details of the case out of concern of jeopardizing the investigation.

Staff Writer Silvio J. Panta can be reached at 760 337-3442 or at

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