HARLINGEN, Texas (KVEO)—One person has been arrested for their involvement in an attack that left 19 people dead over the weekend in the city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas.
According to a press release from the Mexican Attorney General’s Office, Jonathan “R” was placed under federal custody.
Officials said the suspect had a long firearm that is exclusively used in the armed forces.
Federal and state investigators continue to investigate the attack, which resulted in the death of taxi drivers, workers, a nursing student, and security forces that responded with operations, according to the Associated Press.
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The release said the motive for the attack was a result of a turf war between criminal groups in Río Bravo fighting against cartels that operate in Reynosa.
While Reynosa is across the border from McAllen, Texas is used to cartel violence as a key trafficking point, the victims in Saturday’s attacks appeared to be what Tamaulipas Gov. Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca called “innocent citizens” rather than members of one gang killed by a rival.
Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said evidence indicated that 15 of the victims were innocent bystanders, according to the associated press.
The other four dead were suspected gunmen from a group that drove into the northern border city of Reynosa and opened fire indiscriminately
“Everything indicates that it was not a confrontation, but rather a commando that shot people who were not involved in any conflict,” López Obrador said.
Earlier this month, López Obrador praised the drug cartels for not disrupting the June 6 mid-term voting, even though three dozen candidates were killed during the campaigns.