Saltillo, Coah., Mexico: A mother and her two teenage children were killed Sunday in Torreon when they were caught in a car-to-car shootout between police and criminals, northern Coahuila state authorities reported.
“Because they were driving where the shooting took place, Ricardo Siller Galindo, a 14-year-old boy, his 18-year-old sister Karen Alejandra and their 47-year-old mother, Maria Angelica Galindo Sanchez, were killed,” the state attorney general‘s office said.
An official said the woman killed was the daughter of a former mayor of Coahuila state capital Saltillo.
The woman and her children were killed when gunmen in a van opened fire on a group of police patrol cars on the same street in Saltillo.
None of the criminals or the police officers were wounded in the firefight and no arrests have been made, officials said.
Mexico has come under fire from human rights groups lately for the growing civilian death toll the government’s crackdown on crime and drug trafficking is causing.