Terrifying Video Shows A Mexican Teenager Killing Two People In A Pickup Truck
Footage of a teenage assassin asking his driver to film a cold-blooded double homicide has gone viral, putting pressure on local officials in Mexico to make an arrest. Just days before Christmas, at an otherwise normal traffic light in the border city Ciudad Juárez, a teenager turned to his driver and simply said, “Record, Cruz,” before he hopped out the car, approached the driver’s side of a red pickup truck and firing off nearly 20 gunshots. He walked back to the car, hopped in, and the footage ends as we see the driver making a u-turn as they drive away from the scene of the crime.
Local media in Mexico had widely reported both the identity and news of the arrest of the suspect, but, unfortunately, only one of those pieces of information is true. Officials have redacted the name of the perpetrator believing he might be underage.
The footage of a teen believed to be underage shooting in the pickup truck is shocking.
Without hesitation, the teen is seen walking in front of his getaway car toward the driver’s side of the red pickup truck target. Officials suspect that he asked the driver to film him as proof that he got the ‘job’ done for whoever ordered the hit. At around 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 22, 2019, the teen sicario followed through on the hit job and killed two men in just under 30 seconds.
He is seen mercilessly firing over a dozen rounds into the driver’s side as the driver unsuccessfully tries to drive away.
The pickup truck begins to creep forward as the driver likely understands to flee from danger, but was immobilized by the onslaught of bullets. The two victims were confirmed dead, but their identities have yet to be revealed. The shooter is seen briskly walking back to his getaway car when the traffic lights change. Traffic begins to move again but the shooter and his accomplice quickly merge into opposing traffic and escape seamlessly.
The teen has since been confirmed by local media reports as drug cartel hitman, with an already horrific rap sheet. According to La Opinion, the sicario likely belongs to one of the five cartel groups that operate in Chihuahua, Mexico: Neuva Gente, of the Sinaloa cartel (CDS), Los Mexicles, La Línea, of the Tijuana cartel (CAF), Los Aztecas or Los Cristaleros.
The teenager has targeted and killed other people in Ciudad Juárez, which lies just across the border from El Paso, Texas.
According to the perpetrator’s existing criminal record, he lives in Colonia Bellavista, and heavily operates in Ciudad Juárez. The teen had already been arrested for assassinating a couple in Ciudad Juárez. Police arrested him, captured the above mug shot, but he wasn’t stopped from killing others. His mugshot began circulating social media and local outlets began to report that he had been arrested for his most recent crime.
As shocking as the crime is to many Americans, Mexicans are quick to comment “Every day in #Mexico.”
Murder rates are on the rise in Mexico, with 2019 becoming the third deadliest year for Ciudad Juárez of the 2010s. On average, 4.1 people were murdered every single day in Ciudad Juárez last year, with a total of 1,498 homicides total last year. Still, compared to 2010, the number of homicides in the city are less than half of what they were at the beginning of the decade. “The sad daily reality of Mexico…” one Twitter user comments, adding in Spanish that, “For 1,000 pesos, less than 50 euros, a hitman can eliminate a person with total impunity.”
Still, others are wondering aloud what the victims did to provoke the target of the cartel. “I do not like to criminalize, and even less criminalize the dead, but it is very rare that they arrive and kill you anymore,” commented Indio Rey (@IndioRey30). Others are lamenting that “the laws do not help since he is a minor,” though it’s hard to contest what the video shows so clearly. Somebody opened fire and killed those two men and requested that the murder be recorded.