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Two men and two women who were celebrating a birthday were massacred and another person was wounded by gunmen at a Denny’s in the Mexican border town of Ciudad Juárez.
Surveillance video footage showed the two suspects firing at several customers, including one who got struck by a bullet on the right shoulder, as they fled towards the exit.
One of the assassins then walked over to the booth where the four victims were sitting and fired multiple shots at a woman who was next to a man who had been previously shot.
He then turned over to a man slumped against the table after being struck by the gunfire and shot him again in the head – causing the man to fall on the floor.
Others, who could not escape, fell to the ground and cowered under their tables. Two people who were sitting on the table next to the victims were seen holding hands and shaking in fear as they kept their heads down.
Horrific CCTV footage shows two gunmen shooting dead four people at point-blank range as they celebrated a birthday in a restaurant in Mexico
One man was seen running from the table as soon as he spotted the attackers
Fabiola Luna was celebrating her 30th birthday when she and three other people were executed at a Denny’s in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, on Thursday. Luna was a well-known hair stylist in the city
One of the victims of the mass shooting was identified as Fabiola Luna, a well-known hair stylist, who was celebrating her 30th birthday.
The others were identified as Alan Martínez; Manuel González; and Judith Rivas.
The wounded customer was identified as Edgar. The 35-year-old man’s condition is unknown.
The Chihuahua State Attorney General’s Office for the North Zone District said it is waiting for him to recover before interviewing him.
Both gunmen ran after customers who were fleeing as shots were fired inside Denny’s
The victims remained in the booth before the two gunmen walked up to their table and shot them all multiple times
Fabiola Luna (right) was among the four people who were executed at a Denny’s in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, on Thursday morning
Relatives are overcome with emotion as they hold each other near a crime scene where unknown assailants killed two women and two men inside a restaurant
A worker at the diner-style restaurant told El Diario de Juárez newspaper that a group of waiters had approached Luna’s table and sang ‘Las Mañanitas’ (The Little Mornings), a traditional Mexican birthday song, before the gunmen unleased the attack.
‘It was packed, there were a lot of children, the parents rushed them out however they could,’ another employee said.
‘It was terrible, we heard about 10 shots, and then we all threw ourselves on the floor,’ a witness identified as Mario N told the newspaper, adding that many customers had fled to the bathroom.
Fabiola Luna was celebrating her 30th birthday when she and three other people at her table where shot dead by two gunmen at a Denny’s in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juárez, just outside El Paso, Texas
Family members of the victims were seen crying and collapsing on the ground with emotion after the shooting
A relative collapses to the ground as she is held by a man in the parking lot of the restaurant
A forensic technician works at the crime scene where the breakfasts of customers are seen untouched after they ran for their lives from the shooters
Family members of the victims were seen crying and collapsing on the ground with emotion after the shooting.
Luna’s murder comes weeks after her boyfriend was also shot dead in Mexico.
“The one who shared my dreams … He no longer lives here, wings grew in his soul & he took flight & he has never come back here,” she wrote on a Facebook post in which she share a photo of him May 18. “So many things died that afternoon, that I have nothing left to live for … He was my life.”
Authorities have not said if both of the shootings are related.
Luna had been previously arrested along with three other men for possession of a firearm during a traffic stop for speeding in Ciudad Juárez on January 30, 2014.
Fabiola Luna (left) was arrested with three men for possession of a firearm during a traffic stop for speeding in Ciudad Juárez on January 30, 2014
Members of the Mexican National Guard stand guard at the crime scene on Thursday
A glass window damaged by a bullet is pictured at the crime scene in Mexico on Thursday
Relatives cry and hold each other after the shooting in the Mexican border town of Ciudad Juárez, which is located across from El Paso, Texas, on Thursday
‘We never expected this to happen here, I say we live in Juárez and anything can happen but not in a place like this,’ a Denny’s chef said. ‘The truth is that I never imagined it, I ran out and even burned what we left on the stove.’
‘We got out as best we could, we threw ourselves on the floor and at the same time running, that is, crawling,’ said another of the employees.
Witnesses told police that the two gunmen arrived in a convoy of three vehicles – but they were the only ones to enter the restaurant, KTSM reported.
Police have identified the three vehicles and are currently searching for the owners.
Heavily armed officers with the Mexican National Guard surrounded the restaurant following the massacre.
Fabiola Luna (right) with her boyfriend (left) who was shot dead recently in Mexico. It’s unknown if her murder is connected to his killing
Members of the Ciudad Juárez Municipal Police guard an area where the shooting happened
Forensic experts work in the area where the shooting occurred in Ciudad Juárez on Thursday