The wave of a criminal violence that has plagued the Guadalajara metro area throughout this year appears to be spreading to the normally placid shores of Lake Chapala.
Three men were killed and two more injured Saturday, September 15 when a lone gunman burst into a barber shop in central Jocotepec around 9 p.m. After asking for a person known by the alias La Pioja and receiving no response, he fired his weapon on all those present and fled the scene.
Two Chapala men, a father and son, were also murdered over the weekend. The elder victim was found early Monday, September 17 in a house on the western outskirts of Chapala where he was employed as a caretaker. The body of his son was located later in the day in the countryside near Santa Cruz de la Soledad. The double homicide was not related to a home burglary, as erroneously reported initially through social networks.
Four other men, identified as residents of Chapala and Ajijic, met violent deaths earlier this month in two unrelated incidents that may be linked to a turf war between rival criminal cartels operating in Jalisco.