Heavily armed gunmen attacked and wounded Omar Garcia Harfuch, Mexico City’s police chief, early Friday.
Photo: Moises Castillo/Associated Press
Photo: Moises Castillo/Associated Press

Mexico City police chief shot 3 times in assassination attempt

Mexico City’s chief of police was shot three times Friday in an assassination attempt that left two of his lieutenants and an innocent woman dead, according to a report by NBC News.

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Video footage broadcast on Mexican television showed public security chief Omar Garcia Harfuch’s armored vehicle riddled with bullets. 

Several high-powered military-style rifles were collected at the scene, reports said. 

Hundreds of shell casings peppered the ground where the vehicle was sprayed. 

Forensic investigators tag cartridges at the scene where the Mexican capital's police chief was attacked by gunmen.
Photo: Rebecca Blackwell/Associated Press

Garcia blamed the ambush on the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, one of Mexico’s most powerful and violent drug gangs, calling it a “cowardly attack.”

Twelve suspects have been arrested. 

Reuters reported that Garcia and his bodyguards came under fire about dawn in the upscale Mexico City neighborhood of Lomas de Chapultepec, where many wealthy families live, NBC reported. 

The woman who was killed was a passerby on her way to work. 

Security camera footage at the time of the shooting showed several gunmen in a truck open fire on Garcia’s SUV about 6:30 a.m. local time.

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