Photo: San Jose Nacahuil
A violent standoff in Guatemala at a San Jose Nacahuil liquor store has left 11 dead and 18 others injured. Authorities say they do not know the cause of the armed standoff. San Jose Nacahuil is located some 16 miles north of the capital city of Guatemala City. Eyewitness reports indicate a group of men in a stolen car shot at people as they stood in front of the liquor store.
The town, made up of mostly indigenous residents, made a name for itself when it decided to self-police setting up a community police force armed with machetes. The vicious attack happened Saturday night. Regional police believe the shooters were denied bar serve and came back armed ready to shoot. Locals believe it was the police who were denied bribes and came back to shoot at the local bars and liquor stores. There are many conflicting reports some indicating there was no standoff just armed men shooting at innocent bystanders.