Joaquín ‘El Chapo‘ Guzmán’s nephew has been shot and killed inside a car in a brazen attack that has sparked fears of an escalation in cartel wars.
Authorities in the Culiacán, Sinaloa, neighborhood of El Ranchito found Enrique Guzmán executed in the driver’s seat of a red Toyota Corolla which was riddled with bullets.
Investigators said the 45-year-old had several gun shot wounds to the body.
Members of his family identified his body before it was sent to forensic experts.
Sinaloa authorities have not made arrests nor offered a motive for Guzmán’s killing, which comes on the heels of a late June attack launched in Sonora by a gang linked to El Chapo’ sons which killed at least 10 individuals tied to a group working for Rafael Caro Quintero, the notorious drug lord who is featured in Netflix’s hit series, Narcos: Mexico.
A video uploaded to social media by a motorist showed a group of masked individuals, whom appeared to be members of the Sinaloa Cartel, setting up checkpoints and questioning drivers and pedestrians in Culiacán following Guzmán’s death.
Guzmán survived an assassination attempt on July 3, 2019, when several armed men chased his vehicle in the Culiacán town of Pemex, according to Mexican newspaper El Universal.
He suffered a gun shot wound but his girlfriend, who was identified as Karen, died in the attack. He was able to flee from his attackers by driving into a state-owned oil company parking lot.
Guzmán’s brother, Juan ‘El Juanón’ Guzmán, was murdered along with another man in December 2011 when he was kidnapped by armed men.