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6 killed in mass shooting in Puerto Rico

- Governor calls urgent meeting to discuss security measures
The Río Piedras neighborhood in San Juan, Purto Rico where six persons were gunned down on October 14, 2019. Photo: Carlos Giusti/Associated Press
Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced has called an urgent meeting to discuss security measures on the island. Photo: WWAY
Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced has called an urgent meeting to discuss security measures on the island. Photo: WWAY
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico- Six persons were killed following a mass shooting at a San Juan apartment complex in Puerto Rico Monday night, October 14, 2019.

Four men and one woman were shot dead Monday night. Another man, 21-year-old Alexis Antonio Padilla, died today, Tuesday, after being transported to a local hospital for gunshot wounds, Puerto Rico Police said in a statement.

Police identified the five other victims: Ángel Henríquez Agosto, 21; Jordan Junior Castillo Cordero, 25; Ermes Omar Sanjurgo, 25; Emmanuel Enrique Báez Padilla, 43 and Kathia Matos Sandoval, 26.

Police have not yet determined whether the shooting was drug-related. One video showed several people wearing dark clothes shooting, muzzle flashes everywhere, and driving away in a pair of white cars.

A group of people showed up to the Ernesto Ramos Antonini housing complex in the Río Piedras neighborhood with large guns before the shooting, Police Commissioner Henry Escalera said.

According to CNN, Escalera declined to provide further details, as the investigation had just begun.

Urgent security meeting

Meanwhile, Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced has called an urgent meeting to discuss security measures on the island.

Vázquez said criminal violence is an "urgent issue" for her office.

"As governor, I will continue my commitment and it is in my best interest to understand the security measures put in place and how they are being implemented," she said. "At this meeting, I will ask for those measures to be reviewed."

Puerto Rico has seen a wave of violence and crime as the island continues to struggle to recover in a number of ways from damage left behind by hurricanes Irma and Maria, as well as the recent political unrest.

5 Responses to “6 killed in mass shooting in Puerto Rico”

  • 111 (15/10/2019, 14:30) Like (1) Dislike (15) Reply
    a Trump moment, this is very sad
  • Jordana (15/10/2019, 21:10) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Hmmn..this is all so sad.. the whole world is in chaos..asking that we all pray for the world that God will intervene and stop all the chaos and hatred etc... when have we ever heard of a mass shooting in the Caribbean?.. PR is US yes but it’s right in our backyard.. all so sad!!
  • Fran (15/10/2019, 23:18) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    Puerto Rico, like so many islands, have there good and bad. Puerto Rico is a beautiful place who was damaged like we were in 2017 with the hurricanes Irma who tore up our BVI, and then 2 weeks later Maria tore up Puerto Rico, so I feel their pain. These killings though, have to stop. They are destroying their own homes and will make Tourism drop off immediately if people are frightened away, which will destroy their economy. I know they have political unrest to add to that, but I hope everything will change for the better real soon. I love Puerto Rico.
    • Vision (16/10/2019, 07:23) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      It comes down to the mind of the people and their mental philosophy it has nothing to do with hurricanes. These shooters you think they care about hurricane recovery.
      • @vision (16/10/2019, 09:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Exactly, most likely they knew their targets as well and already planned to take them out. A life is a life regardless and sad state of affairs for any country or family to deal with. Hope there's no retaliation.

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