Mexican man shot 12 times; survives
A former Mexican police officer is in a stable condition after he survived 12 bullet wounds.india Updated: Feb 12, 2006 03:26 IST
A former Mexican police officer is in a stable condition after he survived 12 bullet wounds, received when armed men sprayed his car with over 100 gun shots, officials said on Saturday.
Retired officer Julio Cesar Acosta was driving through the colonial-era town of Uruapan in Central Mexico on Friday when the assailants pulled out in front of him in another car and opened fire.
Police say Acosta was hit 12 times in different parts of his body, but suffered no injuries to vital organs.
"I have never seen anything like this before," said municipal policeman Ricardo Sanchez. "It's some kind of miracle. They were clearly trying to kill him."
A passer-by was also injured in the shoot-out, which bore the hallmarks of a drug feud. The attackers escaped.
More than 1,000 people died in drug killings in Mexico last year, mostly in a fight between the Gulf cartel in northeastern Mexico and an alliance of traffickers from the western state of Sinaloa.