Hitmen murdered 4 boys in Ecuador by mistake: the target was the house next door

Four children, including a five-month-old baby, were shot to death inside your home Ecuador by hitmen who entered and opened fire on the family. However, the criminals made a terrible mistake: the target was the house next door.

The Prosecutor’s Office opened “an investigation into the murder of 4 children” on Monday night, as indicated on their social network account X. The minors shot were five months, three, five and seven years old and, according to the police, They were not the initial target of the attack.

The gunshots in the family home. PHOTO: AFP

According to the investigative entity “their parents were injured” in the middle of the shooting that occurred inside a house located in the Guasmo Sur sector, an impoverished area of ​​Guayaquil (southwest) and dominated by the criminal gangs Los Lagartos and Mafia 18.

The government noted that this murder “demonstrates the cruelty“with which the armed groups act in the country, where the homicides quadrupled between 2018 and 2022.

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Guayaquil is one of the most violent cities in Ecuador, surrounded by drug traffickers who spread terror in their struggle for control of the territory for the passage of drugs.

“This fact is a deep and painful blow for our families and for the country,” added the presidency.

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General Víctor Herrera, commander of Guayaquil and the surrounding Durán and Samborondón, stated in a press conference that the mother of the minors is hospitalized with “guarded forecast“.

The unusual mistake of the hitmen

According to the police high command, “the violent event was not directed at that family, but at an adjacent house“where the uniformed officers found material “to carry out attacks with explosives.”

The hitmen entered the house around 9:00 p.m. local time and shot multiple times in an attack that authorities say It was directed against the Los Lagartos gang.

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The shot-up house. PHOTO: AFP

According to the semiannual report of the Ecuadorian Organized Crime Observatory, between January 2019 and June 2022, Homicides of young people between 15 and 19 years old increased by 500%. That is to say, it went from 41 deaths to 246.

The document also records 61 violent deaths of children up to 14 years old in the first half of 2023.

Ecuador reached the record of 26 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2022. That figure could climb this year to reach 40 murders per 100,000 people, according to experts.

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