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Shooting leaves 10 people dead, 10 injured at racing event in Mexico

Officials are investigating the shooting at an off-road racing event in Mexico's Baja California state near Ensenada.

ENSENADA, Baja California — At least ten people were killed, and another 10 were injured late Saturday afternoon during an apparent gunfight at a racing event in the San Vicente area of Baja California's Ensenada city.

On Sunday, the Baja California State Attorney General's Office said through a release that he believed the violent acts were a confrontation between members of organized crime.

Mexican officials found a car abandoned at the scene that is believed to be the vehicle that fired the shots at the race crew members. The black Infinity Qx60 van with tinted windows was found with bullet holes and traces of blood inside.

The shooting provoked an intense mobilization of units of the army, navy, and state and local police.

The shooting reportedly happened during a yearly, two-day racing event called "CACHANILLAZO," according to a reporter in Mexico at the San Vicente gas station.

The sold-out event was hosted in the small town of San Vicente in Baja, California—a town with a population of less than 4,000.

"The Government of Ensenada maintains close coordination with the Baja California State Attorney General's Office to assist in the inquiries that lead to the clarification of the facts," according to the government of Mexico and the State Attorney General's Office.

Video posted to social media showed people running for cover as bullets flew in front of families gathered to spectate the racing event.

The exact identities of the victims or suspects are unknown at this time.

Speculation that popular San Diego restaurant owner Jorge Cueva, known as "Mr.Tempo," was one of the victims was deemed a rumor after Cueva posted to his social media announcing he was safe.

"I’m good thanks God. We did the route and we had nothing to do with what happened. A misfortune. I’m very sorry for the attacked and their families but thanks God we are good," Cueva said.

Government officials in Mexico have elevated military activity in the area following the shooting.

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