SAN SALVADOR – Six people died on Wednesday in a shootout between private security guards and gang members in El Salvador’s capital, the Attorney General’s Office said.
According to police officials, another person was taken to a local hospital, where he is in “critical” condition.
The incident occurred in a heavily traveled zone where many shops are located, as well as street vendors selling their wares.
Authorities from the AG’s Office and the Legal Medicine Institute are investigating the shootout, about which no further information has been released so far.
The Central American nation is considered one of the world’s most violent, with a murder rate of 103 and 81.7 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
The Salvadoran government attributes the majority of such crimes to the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13), Barrio 18 and other minor gangs, which have more than 600 cells around the country.