TEGUCIGALPA – At least six men were killed while leaving the airport in the northern Honduran city of San Pedro Sula, according to police and the Red Cross, which also said that another three people were injured, including one woman.
The incident occurred Friday evening in the parking lot of the terminal area, where according to preliminary reports, the victims were in two cars that were intercepted by another vehicle from which armed men, their faces covered with ski masks, got out to murder them.
Police commissioner Julian Hernandez told reporters that he has no “further details” about the multiple slaying and said that the victims were apparently leaving the airport.
Four vehicles remain at the scene of the crime near the booth where payment is made for parking, according to other police officials, Red Cross workers and an eyewitness.
Police said they were unable to be more specific and “can affirm nothing,” because they have no idea how the incident occurred.
Access to the airport terminal area at San Pedro Sula, the second largest city in Honduras, has been closed to vehicles, forcing passengers to walk to and from the terminal.
Several bullet casings were scattered around the crime scene, according to preliminary reports, which also surmise that since there were no bullet holes in the vehicles, the killers probably made their victims get out of their cars before shooting them.
Authorities found a woman’s purse inside one of the vehicles.
The two men and a woman injured in the shooting were taken by ambulance to a medical center in the nearby city of La Lima.
A recent United Nations report said that Honduras has reached an annual rate of 82.1 homicides for every 100,000 people, compared with a global rate of 8.8 murders for every 100,000 inhabitants.