Gunmen stormed a birthday party in embattled Ciudad Juarez and killed 13 young people, the latest outrage in a city crippled by warring drug gangs. State Attorney General Carlos Salas told reporters at a news conference at the crime scene that the dead ranged in age from 13 to 32 and included six women and girls. A dozen people were wounded in the attack late Friday in a lower-middle-class barrio of Juarez. Salas said that investigators found 70 bullet casings at the scene and that the attackers escaped. He offered no possible motive.
Gunmen killed 15 people at a birthday party attended by teenage football players in a similar attack in the city in January. The deaths captured the attention of the nation and forced President Felipe Calderon to promise to restore order. At public meetings back then in Juarez, he was heckled by audiences and confronted by the angry mothers of the dead.