A 26-year-old U.S. Airman was among six men who were shot to death Wednesday at an off-limits strip club in Mexico, military officials said.
Staff Sgt. David Booher was in the Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Amadeus bar – in the border city across from El Paso, Texas – when unidentified gunmen entered just after midnight and fired at least 30 shots, Chihuahua state attorney general's office spokesman Arturo Sandoval said. When the smoke settled, six men lay dead, and one person was injured, he said.
Two of the victims, a waiter and a security guard, worked at the strip club, Sandoval said, noting that the gunmen appeared to have targeted the victims. "Everything indicates that these people were looking for these men," he said.
The U.S. military prohibits its soldiers from Juarez and certain other border cities because of drug-related violence. At Fort Bliss in El Paso, for instance, a memorandum prohibits its soldiers from traveling into the Mexican state of Chihuahua, where Ciudad Juarez is located, The Associated Press reports. More than 2,000 killings have been recorded in Juarez this year.