At least five people were killed during the hours-long firefight involving federal police and military officials against drug cartel gunmen near the Rocky Point’s Sandy Beach Bella Sirena complex that witnesses say included gunfire from Mexican Navy Marine helicopters. One of the men killed was Gonzalo Inzunza Inzunza. Also known as “El Macho Prieto,” Inzunza is a top boss in the Sinaloa drug cartel.
An American man who lives in the Esmeralda Resort complex on Sandy Beach told the Star today that he awoke to the sound of gunfire about 4:30 or 5 a.m.
“An absolutely unreal experience,” said Stephen Heisler. “Whoever they were going after must have had a tremendous amount of power . . . To actually see a helicopter gunship firing into a dense residential area will haunt many for a very long time.”
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