Photo: Soccer Fans and Players Flee Gunbattle in Torreon, Mexico
Forty minutes into a first division soccer match in Torreon, Mexico the game was suspended when rapid gunfire was heard outside the stadium. This is the first time ever that a premiere soccer game was suspended due to the violence in Mexico.
The local clubs of Santos and Morelia were playing a televised game when gunfire was heard outside the Torreon TSM stadium. Fans, players and officials were seen running for cover, many doing so on the field away from where the shooting was occurring. Televised reports show Santos’ forward Emanuel Luduena running with his child in his arms.
Apparently the police patrol unit stationed outside the stadium was ambushed by unidentified gunmen resulting in one officer being injured. The city of Torreon, located in the state of Coahuila, has been the scene of drug cartel turf fighting between the Zetas and Sinaloa narcos.
Watch the players as they flee the field as television reports pick up the audible rapid gunfire. The announcers are so stunned they stop reporting. Santos team officials announced the game was suspended when the gunfire subsided.